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Difference between web application & web site

app yadav

Joined: Mar 07, 2005
Posts: 11
Can anyone pls tell me what is the diff between web application & web site?

Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joined: May 26, 2003
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A web application is a unit of deployment. These are all the files in a war (web application archive) file. A website is a collection of files that you see when you type in a URL. A website may contain multiple web applications. For example, on this site, may be a different web application than the bunkhouse. But they are both part of the JavaRanch website.

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dema rogatkin
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Joined: Oct 09, 2002
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war is only one from from umlimitted ways to package web application. I doubt that the ranch use any wars.

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Josweth Reddy
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Joined: Nov 02, 2005
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Website has the deployed data and webapplication is the one which will updates the data as time goes on.

I think this will be more clear with these examples : any data related to greetingcards,

2.Webapplication : data related to live updates cricket matches ,tennis and weather reports..etc

any more suggestions???
Sunny Kumar
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Joined: Oct 27, 2005
Posts: 57
Website is a way to put web applications to use
If you have a website (say and (web) applications such as mail,data storage,online job help etc. then you can access them as , ,
I agree. Here's the link:
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