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difference in servlet container, web server and application server

as chhipa
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Joined: Sep 04, 2006
Posts: 26
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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Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

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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It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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