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From Denis Avdic <>
Subject Ancient (1.1) Struts Help - Map Backed Forms
Date Wed, 02 Nov 2005 16:45:08 GMT
Hello list,

I've recently moved jobs and landed in a position where I have to
develop with Struts 1.1 (don't ask me why they don't want to upgrade).

In any case, I need to use map-backed ActionForm, first time we're
doing this in the company looks like.

I am running into problems that I've previously solved by using JSTL. 
However that is another no-no.

Basically the problem is this.  When trying to access the page I get
this error:

javax.servlet.jsp.JspException: No getter method for property
value(officeCell_2001) of bean org.apache.struts.taglib.html.BEAN
	at org.apache.struts.util.RequestUtils.lookup(

JSP snip:

<logic:iterate id="position" name="positions"

                      <% String curPos =

 prop = "value(officePhone_"+curPos+")"; %>
    <html:text property="<%=prop%>"/>
    <html:text property="value(officeCell_<%=curPos%>)"/>
    <html:hidden property="value(userId_<%=curPos%>)"/>


public class MFEditForm extends ActionForm {
  public MFEditForm() {


  private String officeId;
  private Map values = new HashMap();

  public String getOfficeId() {   return officeId;  }
  public String getValue(String key) {    return (String) values.get(key);  }
  public void setOfficeId(String oid) {    officeId = oid;  }
  public void setValue(String key, Object value) {    values.put(key, value); }


from struts-config.xml

<form-bean name="mFForm" type=""/>

<action path="/multiFoldReportAction"

        <forward name="mFFOfficesEdit" path="/jsp/bat/mFFOfficeEdit.jsp"/>

I prepopulate the formBean and set it in request.  The formBean is
getting associated correctly with the form on JSP (I checked by
outputing the officeId without touching the map).  Interesting thing
is that if I don't use getter methods (IE, if I use <html:hidden
property="value(userId_<%=curPos%>)" value="foo"/>)
there is no error.  It seems to me that the getter method is somehow
wrong, but I can't see it.

I tried these getValue signature variations:

public String getValue(String key)
public Object getValue(Object key)
public String getValue(Object key)
public Object getValue(String key)

It seems to me that this plain vanilla map backed ActionForm should
work without a hitch.  Am I missing something really obvious?  I
really can't use JSTL or EL tags so if there is a solution not
involving those, please let me know.



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