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form field population done right

Pranav Sharma
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Joined: Oct 27, 2003
Posts: 258
I'am populating a form by getting data from the database.
In the action I instantiate myform, set form data and call return forward as following.

in the JSP i have

But the form is not populated. Now if I put the form in session scope


and in the jsp call
<html:text name="data" property="data1">

this works but I dont want to add my forms to session scope because I have many and also I think this also gives me the following problem when I hit my "next" link the form that i get in the action is empty.

Marc Peabody
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Joined: Feb 05, 2003
Posts: 4727

The execute method of your Action has an ActionForm parameter for a reason. It is not necessary to instantiate forms. Define your form for the ActionMapping in your struts-config. Using this method, and if you use the html:form tag, the name attribute of your html: tags is no longer necessary. This will prevent a lot of confusing errors like the one you're having.

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Pranav Sharma
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Joined: Oct 27, 2003
Posts: 258
Thanks Marc. I still have a doubt on this,
The ActionForm in the Action is from the previous page(right?), and if I'am trying to set values for a form on the next jsp, would I not have to do the above to populate. (if not could you point me in the right direction with a general outline of what you have said above in terms of dummy code)

also i find that the next action gets an empty actionform because i'am using <a href=""> link.
Maybe I will have to use a submit button, or can I use <html:link> to achieve the above
I agree. Here's the link:
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