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Help!! Alternatives to Tomcat?

Lucy Smaile
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Having unsuccessfully spent several days trying to install Tomcat on win98, (see other thread) I'm starting to wonder what the alternatives are!
I have got JSDK to work, but I need to install a driver for MySQL and I had thought that would be more straightforward in Tomcat...
What do you think would be the next best option?
Bear Bibeault
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Sure, there are many alternatives to Win98!

But you're looking for alternatives to Tomcat, aren't you? There are a few of those too (Caucho resin comes to mind) , but if you are having trouble getting Tomcat set up on your system (something I've always found to be fairly simple), I wonder if you'd have any better luck with another container.
Not much help, I know, but before just going out and trying alternatives, it'd probably be best to find out what the underlying problem is.
P.S. Removing tongue from cheek: If, like me, you finally have had your fill of fighting with Windows, I'm doing all my Java and web development on OS X and have never been happier.
[ June 27, 2002: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]

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Andres Gonzalez
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try jetty...

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Dave Comeau

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I agree. Give OSX a try It's a great *nix development environment.
Lucy Smaile
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Thanks, but in the end I managed to get Tomcat sorted out. (Phew! )
I decided to use win98, as I thought it would be less hassle than setting up and learning something else... If I'd known it would take the best part of a week, I might have thought differently!
[ June 28, 2002: Message edited by: Lucy Smaile ]
Tim Holloway
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OSX as in Macintosh? Don't we have a small problem with hardware compatibility here?
Win/98 might be OK for getting your feet wet if that's the OS you're most at home on, but due to its lamentable tendency to crash - ignoring the Microsoft "security-exploit of the week xxxxx day xxx hour" problem, it's worthwhile to get familiar with an industrial-grade OS as well. Tomcat's 2 most popular homes are probably Windows NT/2000 ($$$ka-ching$$$!), and Linux (OK, and probably Solaris).
Although Linux does suffer from the Unix reputation for being crypto-geekish, you may find that it's not as bad as portrayed. True, it has all those nerdy little "joke" program names ("cat" to print, "mv" to rename/move files), but popular distros like RedHat thoughtfully provide some aliases to the standard user accound profiles so you can type "dir" just like in DOS instead of
"ls". And a lot of the programs in DOS are straight ripoffs from Unix - though usually with more vowels. So is the redirection mechanism.
I'm told that Mandrake Linux is considered quite user-friendly. I use RedHat, and it's pretty easy to install. Once the core OS is running, you can download RPM versions of the JDK and Tomcat which make the job of installing an almost complete no-brainer. IMHO, RPMS beat the stuffing out of Windows installations, since they can tell you what files went where and even test them for damage.
If you have about 3GB of free disk space, you can set up a dual-boot Win/98-Linux system. For experimental purposes, you can even boot Linux straight out of Windows. And if you have problems, there's a Unix/Linux forum on the JavaRanch!

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Lucy Smaile
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I've often thought about installing Linux.
But I've only got 3 months to do a student project, of which a week already seems to have disappeared... The company I'm going to work for afterwards uses NT / 2000, so Linux just isn't very high priority at the mo.
Thanks anyway! Maybe I'll get round to it one day.
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