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application server vs web server vs web container

 
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can you please differentiate the application server and webserver and web container detaily...

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An application server is able to run EJBs. For example WebSphere or JBoss.

A web container is only able to run servlets (not EJBs). For example, Tomcat or the web container embedded in WebSphere.

A web server is only able to serve static content like images - no Java apps at all. Apache Http Server is an example
 
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Start reading here: https://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/WebVsApplicationServer
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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