[thelist] Tomcat, JBoss, or JRun - which is better for learni ng j2ee?

david.landy at somerfield.co.uk david.landy at somerfield.co.uk
Mon Feb 23 03:27:48 CST 2004

No idea which one is best, but I recently did the same thing myself and
chose Tomcat for two main reasons:

1. Ignorance of anything else, and 
b. The other consultants here are using it for their software, and I was
going to be porting my app over to their server, once it got released to

I can tell you that it works fine, although I don't seem to be able to debug
code on it which is a drawback. I've got the free version of Sun One Studio
IDE (Community Edition) which is great and there's loads of great Java/JSP
docs on the Sun site that'll help you get up and running.

The main JSP doc page:

Java API reference:

Accessing databases from Java/JSP

Learning the Java language

And finally, a great free JSP course from someone other than Sun :)

Have fun.


David Landy, IT Consultant
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-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Johnston [mailto:chris at fuzzylizard.com]
Sent: Sunday, 22 February 2004 22:52
To: [thelist] - Web Discussion
Subject: [thelist] Tomcat, JBoss, or JRun - which is better for learning


I am taking a job this summer where I will be working on a web 
application created using J2EE. I know Java, however, I do not know JSP, 
EJB, servlets, etc. To correct this, I am planning on installing a java 
server onto my linux computer in order to learn the technology.

The question that I have is which would be better to install - Tomcat, 
JBoss, JRun, Oracle 9i AS?

I do not know what server the company is running. The point of this 
little exercise is twofold: (1) to learn JSP and related technology and 
(2) to learn the server side of things as well. I realize that the 
easiest way to achieve #1 would be to install Tomcat, however, I am not 
sure if this would sastify my second goal.

I would like to know what other people think about the above servers and 
which would be the best to install.


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