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From "Deacon Marcus" <>
Subject RE: Any reason to use Apache w/ Tomcat for webapp with all dynamic web pages?
Date Tue, 02 Oct 2001 02:07:25 GMT
It's the question of personal preference really. I'm a strong fan of Tomcat
stand-alone. I don't really believe savings in time serving static content
is worth loss of time serving dynamic content and added value like filters
and one PoF less - it's Tomcat-serving-all vs.
dynamic-content-tunneled-via-Apache, and I really don't like the second
idea. It adds another potential point of failure, and - no offence for
Apache guys - C++ is _much_ more error-prone than Java, so I have much more
trust in Tomcat beta than Apache final. Commonly ommited point is that
Tomcat stand-alone gives you excellent Java-based control over all content
via filters - Servlet 2.3 -based filtering of static content is impossible
in Apache-Tomcat configuration unless you're passing static requests to
Tomcat, which defeats the assumption of Tomcat-dynamic/Apache-static content
serving. Personally I'm using filters for custom security (note to guys
advocating pro-standard security - we're using custom hardware, so nothing
"standard" wouldn't work with our hardware security anyway).

Greetings, deacon Marcus

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David M. Karr []
> Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2001 3:20 AM
> To:
> Subject: Any reason to use Apache w/ Tomcat for webapp with all dynamic
> web pages?
> If you're committed to a project where virtually all of the pages will be
> dynamically generated, through JSP most likely, and you're
> committed to using
> Tomcat, is there ANY good reason to use Apache, in addition to Tomcat?
> I surveyed the FAQ, and I didn't notice this question being specifically
> addressed.  AFAIU, Apache is good for serving static pages or
> resources.  If
> you're only serving dynamic content, it only serves to complicate the
> deployment, and serves no useful purpose.
> Can anyone give me any opposing viewpoint, assuming a dynamic webapp with
> Tomcat?
> --
> ===================================================================
> David M. Karr          ; Best Consulting
>   ; Java/Unix/XML/C++/X ; BrainBench CJ12P (#12004)

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