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Rob Hunter
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New to it all really. I thought in order to get my JSPs up and running I would need a servlet container. I was going to try Apache Tomcat but it looks like the support on it was not as good as JBoss. When I go to the JBoss website I can download either the JBoss Application Server (J2EE application server) or Apache Tomcat (JSP/Servlet container). Which do I need for running my JSPs and what is the main difference between both of these? I'd appreciate any help on this. Thanks.

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The Application Server is a full J2EE server (e.g., it supports EJB in addition to Servlet/JSP). You don't need it if you're interested in web applications only.

My impression was that there is no (free) JBoss documentation, so off-hand I would say Tomcat support is much better - it has extensive online documentation, not to mention the very active Servlets/JSP/Tomcat forums here on JavaRanch.
 
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To run JSPs and servlets all you need is Tomcat. Don't make things any more complicated than they need to be!
 
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I had already grabbed Tomcat but at work they want to get JBoss so I figured I would just grab that and get to know that. I know from a friend that her company supports JBoss but she doesnt think they support Tomcat. The applications I'm referring to are for a multi-user site so the volume could be quite high. Since these JSPs are going to be used in a high volume area should Tomcat still be the top choice (free choice that is)? What (if any) advantages are there to using JBoss over Tomcat or (again if any) Tomcat advantages over JBoss? Thanks for the responses guys.

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If you're not going to be running EJB's why use an EJB container?
 
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I believe it has to do with some third party software we have. They utilize EJBs... I think. I just getting into the whole Java world. Bear would happen to have a good (aka ... for Dummies) link to explaining EJBs, Application servers, servet containers, etc..,? Understanding the code is not much of a problem just understanding the "background" processes and the the terminology. Appreciate the help too you've been a real good source of information in here.

Rob
 
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