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From Alex Pointer <>
Subject Performace differences when running application in Tomcat and JBuilder
Date Thu, 09 Dec 2004 14:54:31 GMT
I have a problem to do with the performance of a server process I 
developed when used in Tomcat, in comparison with running it in JBuilder X

I have a JAR file that is the server process, that when a method is called 
from Tomcat takes 35 seconds to run, while the same method called in 
JBuilder X takes 12.5 seconds

Why does Tomcat take over twice as long to run the same code as when run 
from JBuilder X, and is there a way I can make Tomcat run the code faster?

Any help, explanation would be appreciated

Details can be found bellow:

The complexities of the method are:
        - using a Oracle JDBC Thin driver, it will connect to a remote 
Oracle database over a 10Mbit connection and run a single SELECT query 
that will return 85 records. (The SELECT query is always the same)
        - each record in the resultset will have a object created that 
represents it (each record has 129 fields).
        - the record is copied out of the resultset and into the object by 
using the meta-data provided with the resultset to identify the correct 
setter method for the correct field for each record.
        - the resultset is kept open during the entire action and is 
passed with its cursor set to each object that then populates itself.
        - after each object is populated the resultset cursor is moved to 
the next record.
        - this is done in a single thread (one object after the other), 
and stored in an array of objects.
        - the array of objects are then returned by the method.

The first and last line of the called method are logging the current time.

To run this method in Tomcat (I have tried versions 4.1.24, 5.0.18, 
5.0.28, 5.5.4)
I write a web application that I deploy as a .war file in the webapps 
I copy the JAR file into the shared\lib folder, because it need to be 
accessed by more than one web application.
When a link on the website is clicked it calls the server process. 
(because I am only looking at the times within the server process any 
delay caused by the webapp calling the server process is ignored).
It takes the same amount of time (to within a few milliseconds) every time 
the link is clicked, so the compilation of any files cannot be causing the 

To run this method in JBuilder X
I run a main method in a separate project that has the JAR file added into 
its Included Libraries.
(I assume running this way is the same as running it directly to the JVM 
at the command line)
The code is run automatically.

Both Tomcat, and JBuilder X are running on the same Windows 2000 machine, 
and no error or exception is reported during the execution.
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