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From "Rob Cash" <>
Subject c:set with body content throws exception
Date Fri, 05 Sep 2003 16:25:08 GMT

I'm writing a JSP page that is processing HTML form data and setting it into
a bean. One property that's causing me problems is a java.util.Date. The
parameter value comes out as a String, so I'm using fmt:parseDate to first
convert it into a java.util.Date before setting it into my bean.

My code looks like this:
    <c:set target='${pageScope.myBean}' property='dateDue'>
      <fmt:parseDate pattern='MM/dd/yyyy' value='${param.dateDue}'/>

When I run my application in a debugger, I see that the fmt:parseDate is
correctly converting the parameter value into a java.util.Date, but an error
occurs when c:set tries to set the Date into my bean:

javax.servlet.jsp.JspException: Attempt to convert String "Wed Jan 01
00:00:00 EST 2003" to type "java.util.Date", but there is no PropertyEditor
for that type

In the process of debugging I discovered that the java.util.Date is
converted to a String when c:set takes it off of the body content! This
seems to make my fmt useless.

If someone can give me a pointer as to how I can get my MM/dd/yyyy date
value into my bean property that would be great. I know that I could use RT
for this, but I'm trying to stick with EL. I'm using JSTL 1.0.3.

Thanks in advance.


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