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Web Technology: Theory and Practice by M. Srinivasan

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1.10 APPLICATION SERVER

It is not just enough for a server to serve basic client requests alone, for dynamism to be built in, there has to be some processing on the server side through a servlet container or such means. An application server deploys and manages the web applications on the server. In other words, the application server (or App Server for short) is a superset of the web server. JBoss is one of the popular application servers in the open source category. Others include GlassFish (from Oracle), WebLogic (from Oracle, previously BEA Systems), WebSphere (from IBM), etc. Specialized application servers like SAP Netweaver acts as the application server for running SAP. It takes care of all core functions, divided into layers like Presentation, ...

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