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This book is for professionals working with Java web applications. It assumes a certain knowledge of the JSP and Servlet technologies, but only from an administrator's point-of-view. Knowledge of databases, XML, HTML, networking, and general administrative techniques is also assumed.

From the Back Cover

Tomcat is an open source web server that processes JavaServer Pages™ and Java™ Servlets.

It can run as a stand-alone server or be integrated with the Apache web server. Like Apache, the core Tomcat program is relatively simple, but there are many enhancements that can be added that make it much more complex.

This book will provide you, the server administrator, with the necessary knowledge to install and configure Tomcat, as well as many of the most popular enhancements to the Tomcat package. It will help you plan the installation and possible growth options of your site.

You will learn how to integrate Tomcat with Apache (and the situations when you should and when you shouldn’t), how to set up database connectivity through JDBC, and how to ensure your web applications are secure.

This book also covers some of the tools that can be integrated with Tomcat, such as Ant (for automatically building web applications) and Log4J (for advanced logging).

Who is this book for?

This book is for professionals working with Java web applications. It assumes a certain knowledge of the JSP and Servlet technologies, but only from an administrator’s point-of-view. Knowledge of databases, XML, HTML, networking, and general administrative techniques is also assumed.

What does this book cover?

  • Tomcat 3.x, Tomcat 4.0.x, and Tomcat 4.1.x
  • The Tomcat architecture
  • Tomcat installation and configuration
  • Apache and Tomcat integration using the AJP and WARP connectors
  • Tomcat security with SSL, realms, and the Java Security Manager
  • Shared Tomcat hosting, server load testing, and load balancing
  • Managing and administering web applications
  • JDBC with Tomcat
  • Ant and Log4J
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Product Details

  • Series: Programmer to Programmer
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Peer Information (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861007736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861007735
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,051,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have recommended this book to all of my students.
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While the style is generally quite good - informative and readable - there were a few chapters that required a little more careful reading.
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The book covers every aspect of installing and configuring Tomcat in a great deal of detail, detailing its every aspect.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John W. Turner on December 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was quite pleased with this book. I've been active on the Tomcat mailing lists for many months, and have seen the level of frustration experienced by new users firsthand due to the existing Tomcat documentation. While lack of solid documentation is one of the problems most open source projects face, there are always books written as supplements, and of the Tomcat books I have read, this one stands out far above the rest.
In particular, I found the chapters on Shared Tomcat Hosting (Chapter 19), Log4J (Chapter 18), Server Load Testing (Chapter 20), and the web server connectors to be the most valuable. Most of the traffic on the mailing lists is generated from problems using the connectors, and the authors went to great lengths to explain their configuration and usage in a clear and concise manner, even in a load balancing environment.
For systems administrators in a corporate or ISP environment, the chapter on shared hosting is worth the price of the book all by itself. It lays out how to handle shared hosting with Tomcat solo as well as integrated with Apache, and also describes setting up a separate JVM for each virtual host, something that can be critical to making system administration easy. After all, you don't want a problem with one client's Tomcat to cause problems for other clients.
The book deserves the use of the word "Professional" in its title, as it goes way beyond simply setting up Tomcat to work with servlets and JSP. Especially in later chapters, the issues encountered by administrators and developers in a professional or corporate, mixed-use environment are covered concisely and thoroughly.
All told, one of the better technical books I have read, and I have read more than I care to count. In addition to being a solid reference, this book gave me information I was able to use at an advanced level right away on my own servers for my own clients. You can't ask for more than that.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Tomcat is a subproject of the Apache Software Foundation's Jakarta project, its purpose being to serve Java Servlets and JavaServer Pages. It's a complex piece of software and though the documentation is very comprehensive, it helps to have a good reference work to hand. There aren't many books on the subject to choose from, so a publisher could make a fast buck putting out an incomplete work lacking in depth. Fortunately Wrox Press has excelled itself with its new publication Professional Apache Tomcat.
The book covers every aspect of installing and configuring Tomcat in a great deal of detail, detailing its every aspect. From standalone use (where Tomcat is used as a general web server as well as for serving Java content), to integration with the leading web servers Apache (both Unix and Windows versions) and Microsoft's Internet Information Services, nothing appears to have been left out (however, integration with Netscape's Enterprise Server is mentioned in passing early on, but doesn't appear again).
Being only a month old, it's pretty much bang up to date, covering Tomcat 3.x, 4.0.x and 4.1.x with Apache 1.3.x and 2.0.x and IIS 4 and 5.
The book starts with an introduction to the Apache project, and Tomcat's place in the wider scheme of things. The historical progression in serving dynamic web content from CGI to Servlets and JSP is charted, and there's an overview of JSP tags and general web application architecture. This is interesting enough and useful as background, but as this book is intended for administrators, it's covered quickly in the first two chapters, and the main business of installing Tomcat gets underway in chapter 3.
Installation is discussed with both Windows and Linux users in mind, from both binary and source distributions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By macktheknife on January 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you use Tomcat, this book is almost a must. This book will teach the reader not only how to install Tomcat, but configure it for optimal performance. In the first few hours with the book, I had learned how Tomcat actually worked, how to connect Tomcat with my Apache server, and how to configure those sometimes cryptic server.xml and web.xml files. The book also has a chapter on JDBC for readers interested in using web-based databases and has a separate chapter for two other open-source programs: Ant and Log4J.
Some web-admin pros probably will not need this book, and yes, some of the information the book provides can be found for free sprinkled throughout the web. However, it cannot be denied that the Jakarta Project's own documentation on Tomcat (as well as the open-source Tomcat book on Sourceforge.net) are definitely not as thorough or good as "Professional Apache Tomcat," not to mention that the book provides a convenient one-stop source for all questions.
Many other reviewers agree: "Professional Apache Tomcat" is worth its weight in gold if you use Tomcat extensively.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a professor at a large technical college. I use Tomcat in my Distributed Java class and I have to say this is one of the finest books on Tomcat I have seen. I have recommended this book to all of my students.
The book is well-laid out. It offers a good overview of all of the major pieces of functionality in Tomcat and does a particularly good job of describing the different manners which you can integrate Tomcat and Apache.
My only complaint might be that the section on Axis was extremly light-weight. I would have loved to see more detail in this chapter, even though the information in the chapter was a good starter.
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