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Standard actions - doubt in HFS - page 414

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In HFS book for standard actions, it says

--If you specify a "type" attribute in <jsp:useBean>, you can set properties in <jsp:setProperty> ONLY on the properties of the type, but NOT ON properties that exist only in the actual "class" type. So, for the below example, I should be able to set name property but not the empID becuase that is the property of the actual class...Could somebody clarify this for sure ? (I took this example from another post because this was exactly what I needed..Thanks Nithya..)

Abstract class - Person

package myclasses;

public abstract class Person{
private String name ;

public Person(){
System.out.println("Person Constructor");

public void setName(String name){ name ;

public String getName(){
return name;

Concrete subclass - Employee

package myclasses;

public class Employee extends Person{
private int empId;

public Employee(){
System.out.println("Employee Constructor");

public void setEmpId(int empId){
this.empId = empId;

public int getEmpId(){
return empId;

Servlet - EmployeeServlet

package myclasses;
import javax.servlet.*;
import javax.servlet.http.*;

public class EmployeeServlet extends HttpServlet{
public void doGet(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse res) throws IOException, ServletException{
Employee e =new Employee();
req.setAttribute("employee", e);
RequestDispatcher rd = getServletContext().getRequestDispatcher("/EmployeeJsp.jsp");

The JSP thats called EmployeeJsp
Testing the forwarded page
<jsp:useBean id="employee" type="myclasses.Person" scope="request"/>
<jsp:setProperty name="employee" property="name" value="Nithya"/>
<jsp:setProperty name="employee" property="empId" value="1"/>
The name is ${}
The empId is ${employee.empId}

My web.xml has:

This does print the name and empID.
Ritu varada
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Kathy has already explained this in an earlier post.
Yeah, but how did the squirrel get in there? Was it because of the tiny ad?
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