I was working on a custom tag and i needed to pass it a bean from a JSP page kind of like this:
I realized that what i was getting inside my custom tag was a String, not my bean.
You need to use the ExpressionEvaluator to evaluate the expression, and get the bean, here is the code i used in my SimpleTag: (i was getting a Date object by the way)
Edit Aug 7, 2008:
It has come to my attention that in jsp 2.0 the EL expressions are evaluated before being passed to the custom tags, so you dont need to do any of this crap anymore.