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Open Source Locomotive: Web Application Server for high-volume systems

Jan 21, 1999, 17:10 (1 Talkback[s])

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The Locomotive Project just launched a new site devoted to supporting an open source java-based web application server. With commercial web application servers costing $60,000 and up, we think the time is right to tip the scales. Now software which enables developers to rapidly build, deploy and maintain high volume database-driven web sites is available to everyone in the Internet community.

The Locomotive Project site is ready for action!

We've cranked out content, integrated revision control, and set up guidelines so this project can fly. Check it out at Now that the support structure for the website is complete, the public (that'syou!) can easily use, contribute, offer feedback, join a forum, ask questions, or read documentation about this rippin' open source web application server. Let's put the Locomotive to work.

Lowdown on the Locomotive

The Locomotive is a Java-based Web Application Server that enables developers to quickly and easily build, deploy and manage sophisticated database-driven applications that generate dynamic content. The Locomotive supports the Servlet API, provides dynamic load balancing and failover capabilities, and utilizes a simple template language, STEAM. It's built with Java, supports many databases (including Oracle, Informix, and mySQL), integrates with Apache, Netscape, and IIS web servers, and of course, runs on Linux.

Originally built by Leverage Information Systems, the Locomotive is a mature, industry proven product; today Locomotive-based web sites handle millions of hits each day, providing interactive experiences at sites such as Provident's health insurance site at and the award winning entertainment site for girls, Purple Moon at