Commons-EL is a widely used JSP 2.0 Expression Language Interpreter from Apache. It lets you easily access and manipulate application data in JSP files without requiring the use of scriptlets. Of course commons-el has caching mechanism in place so that newly added/changed fields are not visible in the EL until application redeploy. We have released a small patch and a custom build of the commons-el that lets you access the newly added/changed fields without the limitations. Hopefully this patch will be accepted to the unplanned commons-el 1.1 version.