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Java EE 7: The Big Picture by Dr. Danny Coward

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CHAPTER2

Java Servlets and Web Applications: Foundations of the Web Tier

Java servlets support the creation of a wide range of dynamic web content. From online catalogs, to chat applications, to stock trading sites, to complex portals, Java servlets can do almost anything that you can do with HTTP and a markup language.

Since their introduction in 1997 as a primary development model for dynamic web content, however, Java servlets are used less and less widely today. Consequently, you may be wondering why Java servlets have not been relegated to a later chapter, which could be skimmed over in favor of discussion of the more modern web components ...

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