I have installed Apache Tomcat/5.5.15 on my machine. Followed the installation steps detailed on www.coreservlets.com site. Got it up and running. I am able to see the homepage of the Tomcat server. Also, I am able to run all the example servlets and jsps in the webapps directory.
However, when I try to create and access the sample Beer web application given in chapter 3 of Head First Servlets and JSP book, I get a 404 Error. As detailed in the book, I have created the Beer-v1 directory under webapps directory. But this application works if I move the folder to servlet-examples and access it using the following URL:
Thanks very much Ben. It did the trick!!! I was trying out the example in Head First Servelts and JSP book. I didn't create the entire folder structure before trying out the static html page. I created the WEB-INF folder as you said and it worked!!!