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Is Tomcat an application server?

 
Harathi Rao
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Hi All,

Just wanted to make myself clear of this question.
Is Tomcat an Application Server?
I read somewhere that Tomcat from version 5.0 is an Application serer but I can't justify.

Can anyone justify it.

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I could not justify this. Tomcat is a Servlet/JSP container.
A server with Tomcat running could be called a Web Application server.
 
Chandra Sagi
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It could be called an application server, but not fully blown application server. It has Servlet/JSP container as someone specified. Inorder to be a full server it still needs EJB container which it does not support. But is more than a web server.

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But is more than a web server

Please explain why this is more than a web server.

Furthermore, I would still call a server 'an application server' even if it had no support for EJB.
 
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Tomcat is an application server but doesn't suppor ALL of the J2EE stack.
Most notibly, EJB is missing.

If your application requires EJB support and you want an open source application server, look at JBoss. It supports the full J2EE stack.
It uses Tomcat as it's Servlet conatiner and JSP engine.

In addition Tomcat is fully capable of running as a stand-alone webserver but can also be connected to the Apache Webserver or IIS. This allows you to use the other webserver for handling static files, ASP, PHP, Perl, etc.. and send to Tomcat only those requests that need to be processed with server side Java.
 
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