This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
Unless you have extreme performance needs, yes, Tomcat 1.4 will do fine. Advantages: large community of users, current APIs, books on Tomcat, good examples, compatible with other Apache web related projects, you get the source code. Bill