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From Phillip Morelock <>
Subject Re: Does Tomcat want to stand alone?
Date Wed, 05 Jun 2002 03:10:19 GMT
On 6/4/02 7:51 PM, "Eric Hollander" <> wrote:

> On Monday 03 June 2002 18:24, you wrote:
>> My impression of Tomcat is that one winds up having to learn ALL of it's
>> features at once. It is also very hard to find out answers to simple things
>> on their web site... like how do you turn off directory indexing in Tomcat?
>> I can find stuff on security managers, jndi and class loaders, but whenever
>> I have a simple question I get stuck.
> One of the common criticisms about Java is that it's great for big-scale
> stuff but it's harder to use for small stuff.  This really is true, and it's
> also true for Tomcat.  You can learn perl very quickly and you can write a
> basic cgi and install it in apache very quickly.  Just learning how to
> install and get Tomcat started is a challenge.  Just writing "hello world" is
> vastly more complicated.  You can write a hello-world cgi in two lines.  In
> Java you need to install everything, and then subclass Servlet, and set up
> web.xml, etc, etc.  So you are right, you need to learn a lot more to do
> simple stuff, but it works a lot better when you need to do big stuff.

Very succinct statement.

> But if you are already familiar with java and tomcat it because very quick
> and easy to set up simple applications.

I find this is especially true after you've done a project or two with it,
and you have all sorts of framework code lying around.


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