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ramnna jain
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I want to use Tomcat 5.5.

On the Tomcat Distribution Link: http://tomcat.apache.org/download-55.cgi
There are several binary distributions:

Core,
Deployer,
Embedded,
Administration Web Application &
JDK 1.4 Compatability Package.

Which distribution I should use to develop & deploy my site on my PC(Offline) &
which version I need to install on server to run my web application online.

Thank you...

 
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I am new for Servlet Jsp technology. I learned the technology and wanted to
deploy my web application on some hosting server provider. I am planning for VPS.

It means I need to configure and control every thing. At the time of development I downloaded
the apache-tomcat-5.5.27.exe & set java & tomcat path, classpath, JAVA_HOME & CATALINA_HOME.

I developed a web application where I expect hundreds of people at a time can come and surf.

On tomcat distribution page I have several installations to download... what I guess is:

I downloaded Windows Service Installer for development in Core distribution.
But when I checked the zip version in Core section, it is having several different files in bin folder.

Now I am confused & curious to know the difference & which distribution to use for development & which one to use to install on VPS?
What if the hosting provider has Linux OS. What is Deployer & Administration Web Application distribution for.

Thahnk you....



Tomcat Distributions from Tomcat site:
* Core:
o zip (pgp, md5)
o tar.gz (pgp, md5)
o Windows Service Installer (pgp, md5)
* Deployer:
o zip (pgp, md5)
o tar.gz (pgp, md5)
* Embedded:
o zip (pgp, md5)
o tar.gz (pgp, md5)
* Administration Web Application:
o zip (pgp, md5)
o tar.gz (pgp, md5)
* JDK 1.4 Compatability Package:
o zip (pgp, md5)
o tar.gz (pgp, md5)
* Documentation (Already Included in Core Downloads):
o tar.gz (pgp, md5)

 
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But when I checked the zip version in Core section, it is having several different files in bin folder.

The bin directory will always have numerous files in it, no matter how you install Tomcat.

I'd advise to use the same version on the server that you use for local development; that keeps the potential for problems to a minimum. The Core distribution should have everything you need to develop and deploy web apps.
 
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Thank you Ulf,

As you said I will install the same tomcat distribution on the server.

But the VPS(Virtual Private Server) I am looking for is Linux based.
It means I am developing my web Application in Windows Service Installer Distribution &
deploying it in another core distribution and according to your previous comment I must use the same core distribution for server.

One of my question is still unanswered... I request you to tell me why the zip distribution has 27 objects in the bin folder & the installer distribution has 5 objects inside bin?

Thank you...
 
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As you said I will install the same tomcat distribution on the server.

Actually, I said "same version", not "same distribution". Whether that is a .zip (or .tar.gz) file, or a Windows Installer-based distribution is not so important.

One of my question is still unanswered... I request you to tell me why the zip distribution has 27 objects in the bin folder & the installer distribution has 5 objects inside bin?

Does it really matter? A lot of those files are platform-specific, so the Windows Installer version probably doesn't have any of the files that aren't relevant to Windows. I recommend to examine all the files that come with the platform-neutral distribution - you'll get a better understanding of how Tomcat works.
 
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Thank you Ulf,

I have one more question: could you please tell me the best available Tomcat hosting server providers! or
any thing which I must consider while choosing one for services.

Thank you...

 
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There rarely is a single "best" of anything, and certainly that's true of hosting providers. It's all about features vs. price, which is an evaluation only you can do. The http://faq.javaranch.com/java/ServletsFaq#hosting has a list of Java hosting companies.
 
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