In this example we will see how to create dynamic links using decorators in display tag. The following jar files should be placed in the. Assuming you’re talking about the JSP display tag library, they have an extensive usage tutorial on their Sourceforge code site. Struts display tag library is an open source suite of custom tags that provide high- level web presentation patterns which will work in an MVC.

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Struts displaytag tutorial: Sort / Pagination data using displaytag in Struts

Can you please share example of how to do paging in display tag both internal paging without database and external paging with database? How can we format the data correctly by using style attribute of display tag library? Thanks Sir, this article is really very useful and helpful to me. It reduces lots of my headache.

I am start to use display tag one day ago and face lots of problem. I was read lots of articles but i cann’t understand clearly what they want to say because of there heavy words used in their language.

If possible then pls give an example which explain or cover maximum attributes or properties of Display tag. After trial and error ,we found that we are using both uid and id attribute, which conflict each other.

That was tricky issue to figure out: I am sure you can provide anything, which is possible with normal style attribute with any HTML tag. Hi Javin, How to format date and time in display tag? Can you please give an example of that?

Can you please help there? Amazing tutorial Sir, Your date format example in display tag has helped me a lot, but I am facing an issue, I need to format both date and time e.

AM should come before PM in ascending order, but it’s not happening, Can you please help? HiI am using displaytag for pagination and sorting lists with external soting; both of them works well independently; but I have a new requirement like to sort only the current page items when we click column header, right now in my case if I am in page 5 and clicks any column header it’s navigating to page 1 every time, I need to stay in page 5 only in the above case, could you please suggest me a solution for that.

Hi, Is it possible to keep header i. I keep Table inside div and made div scrollable in JSP. I tried a lot with CSS and Jquery nothing is working. Display tag is one of the best free open source libraries for showing data in tabular format in a J2EE application using jsp, struts or spring. Display tag is my favorite solution for displaying any tabular data because of its inherent capability on paging and sorting.

It provides great support for pagination on its own but it also allows you to implement your own pagination solution. On Sorting front you can sort your data based on any column, implement default sorting etc. There is so much resource available on using display tag including examples, demos, and guides.

In this article, we will see some important points to note while using display tag in jsp. Though this library is very stable and rich in functionality still there are some subtle things which matter and if you don’t know you could potentially waste hours to fix those things.


These are the points I found out while I was using displaytag in my project and I have listed those down here for benefits of all. I have outlined all the examples based upon task I had to perform and due to those tasks, I discovered and get myself familiar with display tag. In many scenarios, we need to show two separate tables in one jsp page. We can do this by using two tags easily but the catch is that sorting will not work as expected.

When you sort one table, the second table will automatically sort or vice-versa. To make two tables independent of each other for functionality like exporting and sorting you need to provide “uid” attribute to table tag as shown below.

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I ddisplaytag found this when I tutodial sorting issue on display tag. There was a bug in one of our jsp which shows data using displatag, with each paging request it was reloading data which was making it slow.

Then we thought to filter out displaytag paging request and upon looking the pattern of displaytag paging request we found that it always starts with “d-“, so by using this information you can filter out display tags paging request.

Since we were using spring it was even easier as shown in below. Many times we require reference of current row while rendering display tag data into a jsp page. In our case we need to get something from currentRow and then get Something from another Map whose key was value retrieved from current row, to implement this, of course, we some how need a reference of the current row in display tag. After looking tutoria, and displaytag. Name of variable would be the value of “id” attribute, this would be much clear by seeing below displayttag In Below example, I am showing date in “yyyy-MM-dd” format.

You can also implement your own table decorator or column decorator but I found displaygag option easy dis;laytag ready to use. Here is an example of a sortable column in display tag.

Some time we need to make a particular columns value as link may be to show another set of data related to that value. If you want to pass value as request parameter you can do that by using another attribute called “paramId”, which would become name of request parameter. Here is an example of making a link and passing the value as the request parameter in display tags.

Values on this column will appear as link and when user click on the link it will append a request parameter “symbol” e. If you want that your table data is by default sorted based upon a particular column when displayed then you need to defaine a column name displaytxg default sorting and an order e.

This will display table which would be sorted on the first column in descending order. This was the issue we found once we done with our displaytag jsp. That was not the desirable action for us.

Upon looking around we found that display tag by default sort only current page data dispalytag you can override this behavior by providing a displaytag. This was an important piece of information which we are not aware until we hit by above-mentioned the issue.


Later we found that we can use displaytag. Another good behavior we discoved was showing empty table if provided list is null or empty.

Java JSP and Servlets Displaytag tutorial with pagination and Sorting Tutorial

You can achieve this by adding line “basic. Here was how our properties file looks like. We prefer to use it from configuration because this was subject to change. Overall we found that displaytag was quite rich in functionality, easy to use and highly configurable.

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Displaytag is also very extensible in terms of customizing export or pagination functionality. No matter whether you are using struts, spring or plain servlet based framework for tabular data displaytag is a good choice. Top 15 multi-threading interview questions answers. Top 5 examples of Sort dispkaytag in Unix. Share to Twitter Share to Facebook.

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