I've asked this question previously and I think that I phrased it badly.
So, here goes again.
This web app's welcome page contains a single <h:commandLink> that routes to a page upon which I need to display a list of db rows.
I retrieve the rows using a listener class defined in the web.xml file. I get the rows ok and I assign the rows (as a List object) to a managed bean - patientBackingBean - that has a property - patientList -that corresponds to the list.
However, when I use <h:dataTable in my jsp I see no results. The datatable tag looks like this-