[OT] are tomcat and jetty simply alternative java servlet engines?

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Thu Jun 24 20:11:47 UTC 2010

On Thu, 24 Jun 2010, Carlos A. Carnero Delgado wrote:

> Hi,
> On 6/24/10, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:
> >   yes, it's OT, but i suspect someone here can answer this in one
> >  sentence or less.  i've downloaded a package that permits building
> >  selecting either tomcat or jetty, so i just want to clarify that those
> >  two packages are simply alternative java servlet engines.
> Yup, you're 100% correct, Both are servlet containers.
> >   and, as a last point, both of the above are just lighter
> >  alternatives to a full-figured jboss install, is that correct?
> Yes, again. They provide only the servlet technology* whereas a full
> blow JEE container such as JBoss or Glassfish go for the whole JEE
> stack.
> *Well, actually they (Tomcat & Jetty) support other pieces, JSP, JNDI,
> etc. but not EJB, for instance.

  that's about what i thought -- it means that if someone presents an
app that requires a java servlet engine, it's possible they'll have
three different versions of that app -- one each for jboss, tomcat and
jetty, is that correct?

  or let me ask that another way -- when you build such an app, does
it have to know which java servlet engine you'll be running it
against?  thanks.



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