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From "Sgarlata Matt" <sgarlata_m...@bah.com>
Subject EL weirdness - bug or feature?
Date Sat, 16 Aug 2003 22:34:21 GMT
I ran into some strange behavior using the eq and == operators in the 
EL.  It looks like an empty string (that is, '') is equal to 0.  Is that 
correct?  Here is the JSP I am using to test:

<c:if test="${null eq 0}">
	Null equals 0.
<c:if test="${'' eq 0}">
	An empty string equals 0.

This prints out:

An empty string equals 0.

Is this a bug or a feature?  I think it's a bug.  In the JSTL spec 
section A.3.6.2 where the eq and ne operators are defined it states, "If 
A or B is String coerce both A and B to String, compare lexically"  In 
this case I think 0 should be converted to '0' and the comparison should 
fail.  Please let me know, and if it is a bug I will enter it in BugZilla.



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