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From Phillip Morelock <>
Subject Re: Does Tomcat want to stand alone?
Date Wed, 05 Jun 2002 03:34:29 GMT
On 6/4/02 8:37 PM, "Gus Heck" <> wrote:

> I don't think it is so hard to do the java part, and I suspect that the
> tomcat part isn't that hard either, but I am really criticising the
> documentation more than anything else. I am not opposed to extra keystrokes
> for benefits of java, but I do really dislike reading page after irrelevant
> page hoping to stumble on the nugget I need. I feel that the documentation
> focuses on the neat cool things that tomcat does that non java servers
> don't, and omits the routine basic stuff. Even if it takes a few more
> keystrokes or some extra thought in Tomcat, I shouldn't have trouble finding
> out how to turn of directory indexing. (for example).
> Gus

Yeah that one is particularly nasty.  I agree with you on all your points, I
guess I'm just one of those people who's invested so much of this time on
"irrelevant keystrokes" that I can't turn back :)

The benefits continue -- I've actually found that because I've had to find
out so much about the guts of Tomcat, my knowledge and skills are very
portable because I know all these dirty tricks, irrelevant keystrokes, and
hidden corners -- that perhaps some implementations document better than

The other funny little paradox is:
Tomcat 4 has 10 times as much official documentation as Tomcat 3, but Tomcat
4 is 50 times more complex to use than Tomcat 3.  Well, not really...but
there is a sneaky ratio like this at play.


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Eric Hollander" <>
> To: "Tomcat Users List" <>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2002 10:51 PM
> Subject: Re: Does Tomcat want to stand alone?
>> 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.
>> But if you are already familiar with java and tomcat it because very quick
>> and easy to set up simple applications.
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