This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP forum. We're giving away four copies of Programmer's Guide to Java SE 8 Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) and have Khalid A Mughal & Rolf W Rasmussen on-line! See this thread for details.
A common problem that people run into in JSP pages is when the class loader cannot find beans that the pages reference. That usually results in an error message like "Class XYZ cannot be resolved to a type". Here are a few things to check:
Make sure that your beans are compiled properly and that the resulting class file is resident in the hierarchy rooted at the WEB-INF/classes folder.
Be sure that WEB-INF is spelled just that way -- case counts! web-inf, Web-Inf, or any other casing variation will not work.
Always place your bean classes in a package other than the unnamed default package. See PackageYourBeans.
Be sure that the fully-qualified class name (including the package) is included in your useBean declaration.
Make sure your class contains the 'public' modifier.
If all else fails, carefully check the spelling. Typos in class names and packages are easier to make (and harder to find) than you would think.