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Difference between Application and Web server

renu richard
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Joined: Oct 06, 2008
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HI,
Can anyone explain me what is the difference between an application server and an webserver.... ?


Cheers,
Richard
Dawn Charangat
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Joined: Apr 26, 2007
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Webserver gives you the HTTP/HTTPS service, where as an application server [J2EE compliant app server] is supposed to give you all the support your app needs in J2EE [eg: EJB container, messaging support, thread and database pooling, clustering services, to name a few]

However, having said this, this is just a very superficial take on the differences between these two, and there are many if you care to look deeper under the hood. To put this plainly, webserver, could be treated as a sub-set of an app server.
Ulf Dittmer
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Also check out WebVsApplicationServer, especially about what people perceive as the difference between an app server and a JEE app server.


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