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JSP Custom Tags


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Short presentation about creating custom tags for JavaServer Pages

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JSP Custom Tags

  1. 1. JSP Custom Tags Svetlin Nakov National Academy for Software Development Creating and Using Custom Tags
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Tag Files </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of Tag Files </li></ul></ul><ul><li>JSTL in Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Exporting Variables from Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Modifying Body Content in Tags </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tag Files <ul><li>Tag files let you define your own custom JSP tags </li></ul><ul><li>You should use tag files when: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You want to modularize a part of a JSP’s output </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You want to perform some behavior in many places (reusable) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This behavior can be presentation or application logic </li></ul></ul><books4u:shoppingCart currency=&quot;EUR&quot; />
  4. 4. Types of Tag Files <ul><li>Tag files come in two types: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stand-alone tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags containing other tags and text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Both types of tags can have any number of attributes </li></ul><abc:xyz /> <abc:yyz>This is some text</abc:yyz>
  5. 5. Stand-Alone Tags <ul><li>Stand-alone tags are used when you want to insert output in a specific position in the JSP </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inserts a formatted number: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Displays the shopping cart: </li></ul></ul><fmt:formatNumber … /> <books4u:ShoppingCart … />
  6. 6. Containing Tags <ul><li>Containing tags can be used for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Filtering: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Iteration: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conditional execution: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li><xlate:translate>Translate this</xlate:translate> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li><filter:filterContent rating=&quot;VIP&quot;> … </filter:filterContent> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li><c:forEach> and <x:forEach> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li><db:executeQuery sql=&quot;select…&quot;>…</db:executeQuery> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li><c:if>, <c:choose>, <c:when> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li><security:auth role=&quot;admin&quot;> … </security:auth> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. A Simple Tag Example <ul><li>Let’s create a simple tag file (the standard hello world example): </li></ul><ul><li>Put this code in the file hello.tag in /WEB-INF/tags </li></ul><ul><li>Using the tag: </li></ul><%@ tag body-content=&quot;empty&quot; %> <h1>Hello, world!</h1> <%@ taglib prefix=&quot;my&quot; tagdir=&quot;/WEB-INF/tags&quot; %> <my:hello />
  8. 8. Hello Tag Live Demo
  9. 9. Attributes in Tags <%@ tag body-content=&quot;empty&quot; %> <%@ attribute name=&quot;min&quot; required=&quot;false&quot; %> <%@ attribute name=&quot;max&quot; required=&quot;false&quot; %> <% double dMin = 0.0; if (min != null) { dMin = Double.parseDouble(min); } double dMax = 1.0; if (max != null) { dMax = Double.parseDouble(max); } double number = (Math.random()*(dMax-dMin)) + dMin; %> <%= number %>
  10. 10. Random Tag Live Demo
  11. 11. JSTL in Tags <%@ tag body-content=&quot;empty&quot; %> <%@ attribute name=&quot;firstName&quot; required=&quot;false&quot; %> <%@ taglib prefix=&quot;c“ uri=&quot;; %> <c:if test='${empty firstName}'> <h1>Hello, guest !</h1> </c:if> <c:if test='${not empty firstName}'> <h1>Hello, <c:out value='${firstName}' />!</h1> </c:if>
  12. 12. Body Content in Tags <ul><li>The following tag uses the body content while iterating: </li></ul><ul><li>Scriptless means that <% … %> are not allowed </li></ul><%@ taglib prefix=&quot;c&quot; uri=&quot;; %> <%@ attribute name=&quot;count&quot; required=&quot;true&quot; %> <c:forEach begin=&quot;1&quot; end=&quot;${count}&quot;> <jsp:doBody /> </c:forEach>
  13. 13. A Test JSP <%-- Include all tags from /WEB-INF/tags --%> <%@ taglib prefix=&quot;my&quot; tagdir=&quot;/WEB-INF/tags&quot; %> <html> <body> <%-- Use the tag &quot;repeat.tag&quot; --%> <my:repeat count=&quot;10&quot;> <div>Hello!</div> </my:repeat> </body> </html>
  14. 14. Repeat Tag Live Demo
  15. 15. Exporting Variables from Tags <ul><li>The same tag can be modified to export a current index variable: </li></ul><%@ tag body-content=&quot;scriptless&quot; %> <%@ attribute name=&quot;numTimes&quot; required=&quot;true&quot; %> <%@ attribute name=&quot;var&quot; rtexprvalue=&quot;false&quot; required=&quot;true&quot; %> <%@ variable name-from-attribute=&quot;var&quot; alias=&quot;i&quot; scope=&quot;NESTED&quot; %> <%@ taglib prefix=&quot;c&quot; uri=&quot;; %> <c:forEach begin='1' end='${numTimes}' var='i'> <jsp:doBody /> </c:forEach>
  16. 16. A Test JSP <%@ taglib prefix=&quot;tag_examples&quot; tagdir=&quot;/WEB-INF/tags&quot; %> <%@ taglib prefix=&quot;c&quot; uri=&quot;; %> <html> <body> <tag_examples:repeat_var var='index' numTimes= '5' > <div>Hello #<c:out value='${index}' />!</div> </tag_examples:repeat_var> </body> </html>
  17. 17. Modifying Body Content in Tags <ul><li>We can store (and manipulate) the body content, instead of outputting it directly: </li></ul><%@ tag body-content=&quot;scriptless&quot; %> <%@ taglib prefix=&quot;c&quot; uri=&quot;; %> <jsp:doBody var='body' /> <c:forTokens var='token' items='${body}' delims=' '> <div><c:out value='${token}' /></div> </c:forTokens>
  18. 18. A Test JSP <%@ taglib prefix=&quot;tag_examples&quot; tagdir=&quot;/WEB-INF/tags&quot; %> <%@ taglib prefix=&quot;c&quot; uri=&quot;; %> <html> <body> <p> The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. </p> <p> <tag_examples:tokenize> The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. </tag_examples:tokenize> </p> </body> </html>
  19. 19. JSP Custom Tags <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Problems <ul><li>Create a JSP/custom tags based web site with master pages and menu navigation that allows: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adding numbers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Printing all numbers in range 1..100 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both operations should be available from different JSP pages that reuse the master page layout. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Problems (2) <ul><li>Create a JSP/custom tag for displaying a given collection of Books in a table. Every book is an object from a Book class with the following properties: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ISBN </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book title </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Author name </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple output: </li></ul></ul>