Apache Tomcat is a server designed specifically for Java developers. In general, the program was born quite a long time ago and has managed to change several names during its existence. For example, many people know her as Jakarta Tomcat.
We have before us a full-fledged HTTP web server that provides a convenient environment for Java code execution. This is an indispensable helper for any web developer who has his own servlet container (interfaces that extend the capabilities of the server), and also offers a fairly convenient interface. You can use any modern browser to access the Apache Tomcat control panel: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and so on. In addition to the Servlet container, the server offers a number of other extremely useful components. For example - a stack component called Coyote, which performs the function of "listening" to incoming connections of a certain TCP-port, and also implements the exchange of requests between the user and the server.
Another important component of Apache Tomcat is called Jasper. Its main purpose is to analyze JSP-files for their further compilation into servlets. Jasper detects the changes made to the file automatically, and then restarts the compilation.
In general, those who are engaged in the development of web applications and Java-applets will surely appreciate the rich functionality of this HTTP-server. Although we have a very professional and highly specialized solution, Apache Tomcat has a free license that allows anyone to use the server free of charge.
- Providing a multifunctional environment for launching Java code;
- implementation of specifications for JavaServer Pages and JavaServer Faces;
- Ability to use as a standalone web server, as well as paired with Apache HTTP Server;
- their own servlet container called Catalina;
- stack component designed for "listening" to TCP ports;
- JSP file analysis tool with their further compilation into Java-code;
- free license for commercial and non-commercial use.