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foreach not working in scriptlet

Jenna Thomas
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Joined: Oct 03, 2005
Posts: 27
Newbie to jsp/tomcat/servlets..

I was able to compile the following in my tomcat5.5 installation(java version in use is jdk1.5.07 - i checked)-
In my servlet
List instList=instbeerExpert.getBrands(c);
for(Object beerbrand:instList){
out.println("<br>Try "+beerbrand);
}

In the jsp
List styles=request.getAttribute("styles");
for(Object style:styles){
out.print("<br>Try: "+style);
}
The above jsp gives the following error-
org.apache.jasper.JasperException: Unable to compile class for JSP

An error occurred at line: 8 in the jsp file: /result.jsp
Generated servlet error:
Type mismatch: cannot convert from Object to List

The error goes away when i typecast-
List styles=(List)request.getAttribute("styles");

Why do i have to do this typecasting?

And oh, yes, the code is from the HF Servlets and JSP book, thats why it probably looks familiar :P


Cheers!
Jenn SCJP1.5
Jenna Thomas
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 03, 2005
Posts: 27
Sorry for the wrong subject line. Please feel free to delete this post. Have reposted with the correct subject line. Thanks!
Ben Souther
Sheriff

Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

Jenna,
If you click on the Edit link (notepad and pencil graphic) in the top post, you can edit the subject line.


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