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Padma priya Gururajan
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Hi,
In the below code, I want to know how ${list{'listIndx'+1}} becomes a string. The following is the code:

<% java.util.List.list = new java.util.ArrayList();
list.add("a");
list.add("b");
request.setAttribute("list",list);
request.setAttribute("listIdx,"1");
%>

Can anybody explain me.



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khushhal yadav
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Priya

First you tell me, why should it not be a String.
Any literal quoted between single or double quotes are always considered as String. Isn't it?

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${list{'listIdx' + 1}} is not a valid EL expression. I got a compile error when I try it, something about the second {.

I am assuming you actually meant ${list['listIdx' + 1]}. This results in an EL exception, javax.servlet.jsp.el.ELException: An exception occurred trying to convert String "listIdx" to type "java.lang.Long".

This is because 'listIdx' + 1 is being evaluated first. According to the conversion rules, it tries to convert 'listIndx' string to a number and that causes the exception. Please refer to the spec to look at all the rules and their order.

So to answer your question, ${list['listIdx' + 1]} does not evaluate to a String, it causes an exception.
 
khushhal yadav
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Yes Promod

I am totally agree with you. That would be square brackets [] &.....
But I totally focussed on her main area of concern.

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[ August 22, 2007: Message edited by: khushhal yadav ]
 
Padma priya Gururajan
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Hi Khushal,
Thanks for the explanation.
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Padma priya Gururajan
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Hi,
How does ${list[list['listIdx']]} evaluates to b?
Can anybody explain?
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Padma priya Gururajan
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Hi,
Please clarify the doubt?
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khushhal yadav
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Priya

${list[list['listIdx']]}


What is list here? An ArrayList. So any string which passed as an index to an ArrayList as an index is automaticlly coerced to an int as per EL rule.
And what is listIdx? It's an attribute of type String having value 1.
So what list['listIdx'](=list["1"]) will evaluate to b as String "1" can be coerced to an int.

But you are once taking that as an index to your list i.e. ${list{b]}.
But now b can't be coerced as an int. So you will get an exception not b as your answer.
Here every thing is all about coercion.

While in your above query, it was about concatenation.

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Khushhal
[ August 23, 2007: Message edited by: khushhal yadav ]
 
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