Tomcat 6 Developer's Guide

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  • Obtain an in-depth view of the inner workings of one of the most successful open source projects of all time.
  • Discover the touch points between the Java EE platform specifications and a servlet container's implementation.
  • Learn how to extract the most out of your Tomcat installation by understanding how its various components are implemented.
  • Use standard development tools such as Subversion, and Ant, and Eclipse to build a Tomcat distribution from its source code.
  • Execute Tomcat from inside the Eclipse IDE to watch the various components cooperate in processing a request.
  • Acquire specialist grade skills in a range of technologies and protocols that contribute to Java server side development.
  • Learn advanced software techniques such as building a custom class loader, implementing a custom protocol, and implementing JNDI-based naming and directory services.
  • Explore some of the performance optimizations and design patterns used in building highly scalable and performant software.
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While Tomcat is one of the most popular servlet containers, its inner workings still remain a mystery to many developers. If you only have a superficial familiarity of how this container actually functions, much of its power remains untapped and underutilized. This book will provide you with all that you need to undertand how to effectively use Apache Tomcat.

This book begins by providing detailed instructions on building a Tomcat distribution. The next few chapters introduce you to the conceptual underpinnings of web servers, the Java EE and servlet specifications, and the Tomcat container. Subsequent chapters address the key Tomcat components, taking care to provide you with the information needed to understand the internal workings of each component. Detailed examples let you walk through a Tomcat installation, stepping into key Tomcat components, as well as into your own custom servlets.

During the course of the book you will encounter various structural components such as the Server and Service; containers such as the Engine, Host, Context, and Wrapper; and helpers such as the Loader, Manager, and Valve. You will also see how Tomcat implements the JNDI API to provide both a directory service for storage agnostic access to its resources, as well as a naming service that implements the Java EE Environment Naming Context.

Along the way you will learn how various elements of the servlet 2.5 specification, as well as the HTTP RFCs are implemented by a servlet container. By the end of your journey, you will be able to count yourself as part of the elite minority of Java EE web developers who truly understand what goes on under the covers of a servlet container.

Features
  • Take your Java EE web programming skills to the next level by getting an expert's level understanding of the servlet specification and its reference implementation, Apache Tomcat.
  • Build a Tomcat distribution from its source code, and explore the components, classes, and technologies that make up this container.
  • Use standard development tools such as Eclipse, Ant, and Subversion to dissect a Tomcat distribution.
  • Discover the touch points between the servlet specification and a servlet container's implementation.
  • Acquire specialist grade skills in a range of technologies that contribute to Java server side development
Page Count 416
Course Length 12 hours 28 minutes
ISBN 9781847197283
Date Of Publication 10 Dec 2009

Authors

Damodar Chetty

Damodar Chetty is a lifelong programmer with almost two decades in the computer software industry. He cut his teeth on assembler and BASIC programming, and has journeyed through Fortran, Cobol, Visual Basic, C++, and Java. Along the way he has stubbed his toes often enough to develop a keen sense of where dragons lie. He is currently an independent consultant at Software Engineering Solutions, Inc. doing what he loves most – building high quality software.

Damodar has a degree in Electronics & Telecommunications engineering from the University of Bombay, and higher degrees in Management Sciences from the University of Goa, and in Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

He currently lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife, Devi, his children, Ashwin and Anita, and a passion for photography.