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Getting Started With Apache Tomcat 7

Oct 08, 2010, 12:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juliet Kemp)

"Apache Tomcat is open source software that implements Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages, enabling sites to run Java servlets (like server-side applets) and Java-based dynamic content. he last major release (6.0) was in December 2006, with the most recent stable version (6.0.29) coming out last July. Version 7.0.2, which supports Servlet 3.0, JSP 2.2, and EL 2.2, has been available in beta for a couple of months.

"Note that 7.0.2 is still in beta, so it's not a good match for production sites just yet. The Apache Group has specifically recommended against using it for business purposes right now; the changes are large enough that they want some real-world testing before it's released as production code. However, it's well worth installing on a non-production server to test it out. Note also that if you want to use Servlet 3.0 or JSP 2.2 apps, this is your only Tomcat option.

"As well as the support for Servlet 3.0, JSP 2.2 and EL 2.2, there are various other improvements, including support for aliases, memory leak protection, and a cross-site forgery prevention filter. The provision of aliases means you can now have server-wide .war files or static content directories that you can share among applications. You no longer need to wrap them up in each app archive. This is particularly useful for common images, error redirects or other similar pages. The memory leak prevention, which has been backported to Tomcat 6 already, is neat."

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