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thecoast47

What is Apache Tomcat and can I use it as a web server?

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So today i felt like writing servlets on windows 7(x86).
A tutorial on writing servlets gave me instructions on how to setup Apache tomcat in eclipse so i can begin writing.
My problem is that i dont fully understand what apache tomcat is used for.
I spent hours trying to change the hostname:"Localhost" to something else because i convinced myself that it could be used as a web server(i pretty much want to make a website).
Can other people connect to this server or is it just for servlets and jsps?
If i can use appache tomcat as a webserver, how would i do that?

Right now though, all i really want to do is change the hostname:"localhost" on port 8080, to something else while still being able to connect to the server.
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Setting up and configuring Apache Tomcat is almost a profession in itself! In most cases, it is probably far to heavy weight for what you are wanting to do ( especially if this is for a game server ).


What Cornstalks said is right(ish).


Basically it goes like this:

Apache is a foundation ( like Mozilla ) as well as the name of their flagship project ( a webserver ).

Apache Tomcat is a JSP ( server side Java ) server, also made by the Apache Foundation. Tomcat is generally installed on Apache ( the webserver ), but can also be installed on IIS or other web servers.

Think about it this way.

Apache = IIS webserver
Apache Tomcat == ASP.NET




Simply put, it is not a trivial subject. If you are looking at creating a server side component for a game, I highly suggest you check out [url="http://nodejs.org/"]Node.JS[/url]. Although "light weight" servers can easily be created in C# or Python in just a dozen or so lines of code. A full application server is probably massive overkill, unless you are doing a lot of database work, etc.
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[quote name='thecoast47' timestamp='1327537895' post='4906277']
Right now though, all i really want to do is change the hostname:"localhost" on port 8080, to something else while still being able to connect to the server.
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You can change your [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_%28file%29"]hosts file[/url] to make some other name map to 127.0.0.1 . That's probably the easiest solution.
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