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difference in servlet container, web server and application server

 
as chhipa
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Hi everybody,
Can somebody please clarify what is the difference among servlet container,web server and application server. What are the features that make the one diffrent from the other.

Specifically what is tomcat :- servlet container or web server.
If it is also web server then why many people prefer apache web server over tomcat?
 
Ben Souther
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This gets asked here all the time.
Try searching this, the servlets, and the JSP forum with keywords:
"Application Server", "Web Server".
 
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