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Tomcat 6 Developer's Guide by Damodar Chetty

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What exactly is Tomcat?

For most users, the typical web interaction can be represented as follows: Joe User enters a Uniform Resource Locator(URL) in the browser's location box to request the resource that is identified by that URL. A URL is composed of a host name, an optional port (which defaults to 80), and the resource being requested.

When a web server receives that request, it first determines whether the resource being requested is static or dynamic in nature.

A static resource is one that is identical no matter how many times, or in what order, that resource is requested. Some examples of these would be a company's logo on a web page, a CSS style sheet, or a typical HTML page.

The web server handles the request for a static resource by ...

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