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From "Alex Jones" <>
Subject RE: Tab Libraries? Bah!
Date Wed, 24 Apr 2002 20:00:27 GMT
I agree, but business time requirements don't always allow you to
produce the perfect solution to a problem. I'd much rather have
something that works very well but not perfectly than nothing at all.


-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Osowski [] 
Sent: 24 April 2002 20:15
To: 'Struts Users Mailing List'
Subject: Tab Libraries? Bah!

This kind of thing has really bothered me about Tag libs.  The whole
of them is to keep HTML code as simple and clean as possible right?  

But if you have to break down and use the <%%> snippets inline, does it
make the whole process self defeating?  In my mind using <%%> snippets
tag libraries is more confusing then just using snippets alone,
code be damned. 

We're trying to take the programmer out of the equation, but as long as
tag libraries are implemented half ass, your not going to do anything
make the whole process more confusing and frustrating.



-----Original Message-----
From: Galbreath, Mark []
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 2:44 PM
To: 'Struts Users Mailing List'
Subject: RE: html:select how to use it?

Here's a simple example of how I retrieve a List of years to populate a
dropdown list:

<html:select property="ccExpYear" styleId="ccExpYear">
  <html:option value="0">Year</html:option>
  <logic:iterate id="expYear" name="listExpYears" scope="session">
    <html:option value="<%= ( String) expYear %>">
       <%= expYear %>

1.  The html:select property is a property in your bean, if one exists.
2.  styleId is just the HTML reference if you want to get a value with,
3.  The first html:option is the default "selected" option that
4.  The logic:iterate id is arbitrary but required to reference the
5.  iterate name is the name of my ArrayList of years that I assigned to
    attribute in my action class:

   List listExpYears = new ArrayList();
   for( int k = 1; k < 11; k++) {
         listExpYears.add(( new Integer( 2000 + 
             Calendar.getInstance().YEAR + k))
         "listExpYears", listExpYears);

6. In html:option value, remember to cast the List objects to strings as
Struts is expecting a string.

Easy as pie, eh?


-----Original Message-----
From: Roshan Paiva []
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 3:17 PM

> Hi...
> Could anyone pls tell me how to populate a dropdown list using struts
> tag libraries.
> I have an arraylist of databeans.. The dropdown list should skim
> through each item in the arraylist and take the value of
> databean.getFirstValue() (or the firstValue property of the data
> bean). I believe the tag is html:select. However I am not certain on
> how to use it.
> Kind Regards
> Roshan

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