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Servlet Distribution

Mark Herschberg

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
I have a question about how to market servlets. We are making a product which our engineers have determined to best be implemented by servlets (actually, non-http servlets, but that probably isn't so relevant). We were planning on distributing the servlet's, along ith a free, open source, servlet server. My boss was worried about the factthat if we distribute a servlet server, they might run oher code on it. Frankly, I think this is a meaningless concern, but he asked me to look into servlet distribution.
What do other companies do?
Do they sell/distirbute only servlets?
If they sell/distirbute servlet/container combinations, do they make any claims about running 3rd party servlets in the container? Do they disable support for other servlets in the container?

Specific examples would be appreciated. Thanks.
William Brogden
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Joined: Mar 22, 2000
Posts: 13037
Most applications I have seen advertised are sold with the expectation that they will be installed in an existing server - especially in the J2EE environment.
I have seen a note in the Tomcat mailing list about a company that uses Tomcat as a base for the total package they sell. Since Tomcat is open source, you could cripple the library - for instance by removing the HttpServlet related classes. Personally I don't think it is worth the hassle but I guess it depends on your customers.
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