Important JSP tags

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This is an article on Important JSP tags in Java.
There are four types of JSP tags, which are important and often required.

1. Directives

These types of tags are used primarily to import packages. Altenatively you can also use these tags to define error handling pages and for session information of JSP page.
  1. Code: JSP
    <%@page language="java" %>
  2. Code: JSP
    <%@page language="java" session="true" %>
  3. Code: JSP
    <%@page language="java" session="true" errorPage="error.jsp"  %>
  4. Code: JSP
    <%@page language="java" import="java.sql.*, java.util.*" %>
  5. Code: JSP
    <%@ include file="/title.jsp"%>

2. Declarations

JSP declarations starts with '<%!' and ends with '%>'. In this you can make declarions such as int i = 1, double pi = 3.1415 etc. If needed, you can also write Java code inside declarations.

Example 1

Code: JSP

int radius = 7;
double pi = 3.1415;

Example 2

Code: JSP

double radius = 7;
double pi = 3.1415;

double area()
    return pi*radius*radius;


3. Scriptlets

JSP Scriptlets starts with '<%' and ends with '%>'. This is where the important Java code for JSP page is written.


Code: JSP
    String id, name, dob, email, address;
    id = request.getParameter("id");
    name = request.getParameter("name");
    dob = request.getParameter("dob");
    email = request.getParameter("email");
    address = request.getParameter("address");

    sessionEJB.addClient(id, name, dob, email, address);
request, response, session and out are the variables available in scriptlets.

4. Expressions

JSP expressions starts with '<%=' and ends with '%>'. If you want to show some value, you need to put it in between these tags.

Code: JSP

double radius = 7;
double pi = 22/7;

double area()
    return pi*radius*radius;


    Area of circle is <%= area() %>
You will see the output:
Area of circle is 147.0
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nice points, so useful for me a noob web designer.