Web Application Servers

     This is a list of various web application servers, i.e. frameworks for running web application programs. Various commercial engines supposedly provide a set of functionality which makes it easy to manage sessions, security, database access, and provide hooks into things like content management systems, etc. If you are building a large scale website that needs these things, it can supposedly be cost effective to use a commercial app server as opposed to using open source tools.

     On the other hand, I have not observed such benefits in the companies I have worked in. Teams working with free frameworks like Tomcat and JBoss were more-or-less as productive as those using expensive commercial packages. Below is a list of some choices along with my comments.

John H. Kim <jhkim@darkshire.net>
Last modified: Tue Jun 25 14:34:06 2002