Using for loop inside of a JSP

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You concrete problem is caused because you're mixing discouraged and old school scriptlets <% %> with its successor EL ${}. They do not share the same variable scope. The allFestivals is not available in scriptlet scope and the i is not available in EL scope.

You should install JSTL (<-- click the link for instructions) and declare it in top of JSP as follows:

<%@taglib prefix="c" uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core"%>

and then iterate over the list as follows:

<c:forEach items="${allFestivals}" var="festival">
    <tr>      
        <td>${festival.festivalName}</td>
        <td>${festival.location}</td>
        <td>${festival.startDate}</td>
        <td>${festival.endDate}</td>
        <td>${festival.URL}</td>  
    </tr>
</c:forEach>

(beware of possible XSS attack holes, use <c:out> accordingly)

Don't forget to remove the <jsp:useBean> as it has no utter value here when you're using a servlet as model-and-view controller. It would only lead to confusion. See also our servlets wiki page. Further you would do yourself a favour to disable scriptlets by the following entry in web.xml so that you won't accidently use them:

<jsp-config>
    <jsp-property-group>
        <url-pattern>*.jsp</url-pattern>
        <scripting-invalid>true</scripting-invalid>
    </jsp-property-group>
</jsp-config>

~ Answered on 2013-04-05 17:05:15


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