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Which Tomcat build is the most stable?

Ryan McClain
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As the topic states.

I'm building a software product for university and it has to use Java, JSF, Spring, Hibernate, Tomcat, MySQL and Maven.

I've heard that several of the software groups had problems with certain versions of Tomcat.
Certain functionality failed in their projects.
This is why I want to avoid choosing the wrong versions of Tomcat if you know what I mean.

Which Tomcat build is recommended for use with aforementioned technologies?

Thank you,

Ryan
Bear Bibeault
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They're all stable. I suspect any problems that were encountered were a result of the web apps, not Tomcat.


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Tim Holloway
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You heard wrong.

Except for the brand of database, that describes almost every webapp I've created for the last 5 years, and for the database, it's been a grab bag or Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL and DB/2, depending on who I was doing it for and what I wanted for a database.

It can be challenging to find the right versions of everything to get an application working, but that's one of the benefits of Maven. Once you have a functional component set, you code their versions in the Maven dependencies and forget about them. At least until you are ready to update to the next set of co-operating versions.

But "version hell" is not a Tomcat-specific issue and in some ways it's better under Tomcat than under the proprietary servers. The Tomcat support community is fairly large, the source code is freely available, and you don't have to deal with telephone menus or support people who were hired in bulk at the cheapest rate possible.


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Tim Holloway
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Oh. Which version is "most stable"? Any of them. I've got stuff that ran under 5.5, am currently under 6 for most production and have been migrating to version 7 as my schedule allows. They're all stable.
 
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