Apache Tomcat is a Java Servlet container, or web container, that provides the extended functionality to interact with Java Servlets, while also implementing several technical specifications of the Java platform: JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java Expression Language (Java EL) and WebSocket.
A Java Servlet is software that enables a web server to handle dynamic Java-based web content using the HTTP protocol. JSP is a similar technology that allows developers to create dynamic content using HTML or XML documents. In terms of their ability to enable dynamic content, Java Servlets and JSP are broadly comparable to PHP or ASP.NET, just based on the Java programming language.
Apache Tomcat software powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
This is free and open source software:
- Implementation of the Jakarta Servlet, Jakarta Server Pages, Jakarta Expression Language, Jakarta WebSocket, Jakarta Annotations and Jakarta Authentication specifications.
- Focus is being up to date supporting the latest specification.
- Very lightweight.
- Offers sufficient functionality for many applications.
- Fast startup time.
- Quick redeploy times.
- Good memory leak detection and prevention.
- Good quality documentation.
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