Re: Static imports in JSP pages

Daniel Pitts <>
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 18:13:17 -0700
Lew wrote:

Kenneth P. Turvey wrote:

On Tue, 30 Oct 2007 19:40:38 -0400, Lew wrote:

Really he shouldn't have any imports in the JSP, because there
shouldn't be any scriptlet in the JSP.

Would you explain yourself here. I'm not sure I understand.
I've got very little code in the JSP at all, just a few method calls.
They are generating HTML to go in the page.
I could have used tag libraries, but they seemed like overkill at this
point. I am unlikely to be reusing the code.

As a general rule, and of course there are exceptions, JSPs should
contain only markup and custom tags, not direct scriptlet. Non-JSP
servlets and regular classes contain all the direct Java code.

Code in the JSP always makes trouble, to the point where I separate it
out even for small projects.

But your response shows that you know this already. I suspect I am not
answering your question, because I can't see that I'm telling you
anything that you don't already know.

If he's going to create the HTML in Java (which seems silly since JSP
was designed for that), then he is probably better off creating it in
the servlet (or in Spring MVC terms, the Controller), and then passing
that into the JSP as part of the model/request attribute.
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