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Java EE hosting - starting out?

 
Ade Goodyer
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Greetings everyone,

This term I have been learning a little Java EE at uni (servlets, jsp, EJB, GlassFish) and as I'm now approaching the penultimate stages of my module, I'd like to implement a few projects of my own 'in the wild' to cement my learning. The problem is I was only ever taught how to install GlassFish within a local development environment and after unsuccessful research and little experience on this topic I arrive weary at the Big Moose Saloon ;)

I've thought about installing GlassFish on a VPS which would give me the maximum freedom to experiment as well as keeping the cost down. Would this also possible on Amazon EC2 etc for short deployments?

I've also thought about paying for GlassFish hosting, which although having the added advantage of being set up by an expert. I dislike the cost, contract obligation and restriction over future configurations but if this is the best way forward then so be it.

On a minor note, I've yet to explore TomCat, JBoss (I'm aware they aren't sutible for handling EJB's) and the like and am nowhere near things like Spring and Struts yet - but would like the freedom in the future to chop and change as my focus varies.

So what do you suggest would be the best option for me? All advice welcome and very, very much appreciated.

Kind regards,
Ade.
 
Rob Spoor
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Ade Goodyer wrote:On a minor note, I've yet to explore TomCat, JBoss (I'm aware they aren't sutible for handling EJB's)

Tomcat can't handle EJBs without any additional libraries, but JBoss/WildFly most certainly can.
 
Ade Goodyer
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Thanks for the additional info Rob, I'm sue that will come in handy as I explore those areas more in the future.
 
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