Thanks to those who responded for the tips! I'm now subscribed to several Tomcat and JSP lists, and I've found some more tutorials online, and the problem is now fixed! As it turns out, the code I had *was* in fact almost usable (but that was fixed easily), however, I kept getting NoClassDefFound errors on " Class.forName("com.mysql.jdbc.Driver").newInstance();" line. A short two hours later I was desperate and tried restarting the Tomcat server, and lo-and-behold it worked! Now that I know how to communicate with the MySQL server, I can get back on an MVC-path by trying to seperate it from the JSP file. Thanks again Rick.