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Response: what is weblogic

Jesse Tilly
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It appears that the forum name change won't allow me to respond to forum "EJB" posts since it's trying to post to "J2EE and EJB". So, I'm replying via a topic:
WebLogic Server (there are actually 3 other versions of WebLogic, but the most popular is Server) is an application server from the good folks at BEA (pronounced bee-ee-ay) Systems. WebLogic server provides a web server, a servlet engine, a JNDI directory server, a JMS implementation, and an EJB container among other services. It also provides libraries for JDBC access to Cloudscape and Oracle databases via collection pools, HTML collection classes, and some older technology library for use with BEA's older products.
A "web server" in the strictest definition is a server that simply maps a directory of files to URL requests. When a client (usually a browser) makes a request with a particular path, the server responds with the contents of that file or directory.
Application servers extend that request/response protocol and offer background process execution (ala CGI), state management and other neat things that are now expected from your average day-to-day web site. Without such features, Javaranch, for example, couldn't exist.
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