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beginning server side java

By kev_etherington ·
could someone tell me what type of system is needed to run java server side programming? I am interested in in beans and servlets, currently i'm using win98 but I am looking into Linux or maybe XP.

Any advice would be greatly accepted.

Thanks Kev

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Look for a servlet container for your OS

by Jay Eckles In reply to beginning server side jav ...

To be able to run a servlet, you need to have another piece of software running called a servlet container (sometimes this is called an application server). The J2EE distribution actually comes with a fully self-contained servlet container, so if there is a J2EE distribution for your OS of choice, that's all you need. For J2EE 1.3, that includes Windows NT/2000, Linux, and Solaris.

A very popular free servlet container is Tomcat from the Apache Jakarta project. You can learn about it and download it from

After you have your environment setup, if you need an introduction to Java Servlets, take a look at
and let me know how you make out.

Good luck.


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server system

by Boyarsky In reply to beginning server side jav ...

You need the jdk, the server side add-on to the jdk and a server.

In addition to the one Jay mentioned, Blazix is another free server. It's easy to use and only a 1.5 MB download. Great for dialup.

If you're just learning, any system is fine.

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