This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
One thing that probably isn't helping: DataTables should be working with ordered collections. Otherwise the table wouldn't consistently display the same rows in the same places. A related issue is that while I'm too lazy to RTFM, I don't think there's an iterator available for the HashMap interface. I think you have to get the keySet or valueSet and iterate on that.
The actual EL for retrieving a hashmap property (value) goes like this:
For retrieving a literal key's value:
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