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Ben Weaver
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Joined: May 10, 2000
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JSP/Servlet Gurus,
I, purest of JSP/Servlet Greenhorns, am trying to set up a Java Server Page that will enable users to update their personal address information. The page will not be heavily used. My administrative rights to our webserver are limited, and therefore, if possible, I will run the page exclusively from my client machine (I can, however, get the webserver access if this is necessary).
I am trying to find out which free server engine would be the best, and how to set up the page, step by step.
The choice seems to be JRun or Sun's JSWDK. I have downloaded JRun, but am tempted to switch to the JSWDK since I can find no SIMPLE step-by-step setup directions for JRUN. Can JSWDK be used to run a real, live--if lightly used--JSP or Servlet, or is JSWDK used soley for testing applications? Does JSWDK run independently, or must it, like JRun, work with a webserver.
If JRun is the best choice, where might I find step-by-step instructions that tell how to (1) setup JRun in conjuction with the main webserver (Microsoft IIS in my case); (2) what if any changes to the main webserver must be made; (3) how and in which directory to save, compile, and run a test servlet or JSP; (4) how to run a servlet or JSP in production.
Any useful WebSites or personal hints are welcome! Many thanks in advance!
Ben Weaver
Frank Carver
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I don't know which engines you have considered to get to your JRun/JSWDK shortlist. As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm very impressed with Resin, from www.caucho.com, at the moment, but there are lots of others, many of them free.
I found Resin very easy to install.


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Ben Weaver
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Thanks for the hint about Resin. I'm glad to learn that my short list can be lengthened. One thing I forgot to mention: we are running on NT 4.0.
 
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