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From "Earnie Dyke" <>
Subject RE: The Future of Tomcat
Date Thu, 02 Feb 2006 13:12:43 GMT
Not to mention the fact that JBoss uses Tomcat as its JSP engine. Tomcat is not going away
any time soon.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Kerber []
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2006 8:10 AM
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: Re: The Future of Tomcat

Roel De Nijs wrote:

>I heard that resources, updates, development and support of tomcat are slightly disappearing.
MAny people are looking for alternatives (e.g. JBoss). Even Microsoft and HP are cooperating
with JBoss very closely. As far as i know Tomcat is the most used app server, so it will take
lots of time to replace every Tomcat app server with some alternative.
>So does Tomcat have a future or will it die in the future?

If I understand correctly, Tomcat and JBoss aren't really equivalent, 
and don't aim at the same markets.  Tomcat is a servlet container, 
handling servlets, .jsp's and related pieces.  JBoss is a full-blown 
J2EE server, which does the same things as tomcat, but also adds support 
for the "Enterprice" pieces of J2EE, such as EJB's and the like.  The 
price you pay for that extra functionality is extra complexity in 
development and maintenance.  It's kind of like the relationship between 
Apache and Tomcat:  Tomcat can do all the stuff that Apache can in 
serving up static pages, but it's not the best tool for that job.  
Apache does a subset of what Tomcat does, and Tomcat does a subset of 
what JBoss does.  Somebody please correct me if I'm off base here, 
because it also affects my company's future decisions.

That said, everything dies eventually, so you have to decide how far 
away your definition of "future" is, and go from there.  I expect Tomcat 
will continue to be developed and useful for *at least* 5 more years.  
JMPO, of course.


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