Tomcat by SW
Tomcat by SW 4.2 (5.5.23)
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Tomcat by SW installs Jakarta Tomcat, a servlet container for JSP 2.0 (Java Server Pages ) and Java Servlet 2.4 Objects. It runs natively using Java 1.5, though a compatible module has been included in this distribution to allow Mac OS X 10.4-10.5 clients to use the software without Java 1. For your convenience, a standalone application, Tomcat Manager, is included.
What's New
Version 4.2:
  • All items are now Quad-Universal Binaries (PPC/Intel/32-bit/64-bit)
  • Updated Tomcat to version 5.5.23 (more than 100+ changes from the 5.5.17 distro, fixes, enhancements and optimizations)
  • Updated AXIS components to v. 2.0 (v 1.1.1); Axis 2 is now the default Axis distribution in this product
  • Added FrontBase 4.2.7 (Universal Version)
  • Updated iText .jar to v. 2.0.1
  • Updated OpenBase JDBC connector (Now Supports Openbase 10.x )
  • Updated Oracle JDBC connector
  • Updated JFreeChart .jar to v. 1.0.4
  • Added JFreeChart jcommon (1.0.8)
  • Updated MySQL GUI Tools (5.0-r11)
  • Updated MySQL JDBC connector (5.0.5)
  • Updated PostgreSQL GUI Tools (pgadmin3) to version 1.6.2
  • Updated PostgreSQL JDBC connector (8.2-504 JDBC 3)
  • Updated Tomcat Manager to handle multiple instances (4 max), as well as as a basic service status checker for each instance; Appearance change and streamlined access to preferences
  • Updated Autostarter to launch multiple instances of Tomcat at boot time, if multiple instances exist
  • Lots of optimizations and bug fixes....
Version 4.2:
  • All items are now Quad-Universal Binaries (PPC/Intel/32-bit/64-bit)
  • Updated Tomcat to version 5.5.23 (more than 100+ changes from the 5.5.17 distro, fixes, enhancements and optimizations)
  • Updated AXIS components to v. 2.0 (v 1.1.1); Axis 2 is now the default Axis distribution in this product
  • Added FrontBase 4.2.7 (Universal Version)
  • Updated iText .jar to v. 2.0.1 more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, 360 MB Disk space (for full install).

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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Sep 2005
I haven't tried this, because I've been using Tomcat myself for years and never really had any trouble installing it. Besides, I've recently moved on to JBoss. I just wanted to make a few gratuitous suggestions. :-)

First of all, the Web site doesn't give enough information about what the installer installs.

I see you've added Ant, which some might find useful, but not me. I use Eclipse, so I don't need to worry about Ant. Is this component optional? If not, it really should be.

Do you install mod_jk? This would be a big help for people who want to use Tomcat with Apache. If so, how do you deal with modifying httpd.conf? Is this scripted, or do you just have a readme that says "paste this into your httpd.conf file"?

Do you include any sample apps to test database installations and demonstrate how to connect? I think this would be really useful. I know there are a lot of options available, but just covering MySQL and PostgreSQL on localhost would probably satisfy at least 80% of your audience.

You might also want to consider writing an installer or setup script for JBoss. Having just installed it myself and going up the learning curve to get my first couple of J2EE apps running, I think you could save people a lot of time and trouble.

On the other hand, I sometimes wonder if people who can't figure these things out for themselves have any business running servers on their Macs. I'm torn between the idea of making things easier for those people and simply trying to educate them about how to do things for themselves.
[Version 2.5.2]

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Anonymous commented on 07 Sep 2005
Thanks for the feedback!
Our thoughts...

1) First of all, the Web site doesn't give enough information about what the installer installs.
A) If you're looking for Tomcat, you already know what it does. Otherwise, read the Read Me included in the DMG for additional info, like what components are included (also in the installer screens), and where you can get more info on Tomcat

2) I see you've added Ant, which some might find useful, but not me. I use Eclipse, so I don't need to worry about Ant. Is this component optional? If not, it really should be.
A) Some folks NEED Ant. All components are optional; if you run the installer you can click "customize", just like most apps

3) Do you install mod_jk? This would be a big help for people who want to use Tomcat with Apache. If so, how do you deal with modifying httpd.conf? Is this scripted, or do you just have a readme that says "paste this into your httpd.conf file"?
A) No; just Tomcat for now, since I don't want to enter the debacle of Apache/Tomcat combos; Tomcat does just fine by itself

4) Do you include any sample apps to test database installations and demonstrate how to connect? I think this would be really useful. I know there are a lot of options available, but just covering MySQL and PostgreSQL on localhost would probably satisfy at least 80% of your audience.
5) If you tried using the Tomcat admin screens, you can set DB connections up yourself. And yes, some sample scripts/apps are included with the base install of Tomcat. You could try reading the docs of going to the website named in the installer and Read Me. As for database connectivity....we'll consider it in the future, though the foundation is already there (and easy to use!)

6) You might also want to consider writing an installer or setup script for JBoss. Having just installed it myself and going up the learning curve to get my first couple of J2EE apps running, I think you could save people a lot of time and trouble.
A) There's still a lot of components to work on; JBoss is interesting...we'll consider it in the future

7) On the other hand, I sometimes wonder if people who can't figure these things out for themselves have any business running servers on their Macs. I'm torn between the idea of making things easier for those people and simply trying to educate them about how to do things for themselves.
A) Education is good, no doubt about it. However, some people like an easy installer to get them going :)

Of course, we'd consider a lot more improvements, but this is a donation-ware project. The fewer donations there are, the fewer resources we can dedicate to it.
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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Sep 2005
It's a little misleading to compare it to those other application servers. It's really just a servlet container. (In fact, it's the reference implementation.) Those other application servers provide so much more. JBoss, for example, is a J2EE application server which, coincidentally, uses Tomcat as one of its servlet containers (the other option being Jetty).
[Version 2.5.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Jul 2005
FYI...this is an interim release that was a bit unexpected. Monday's release should have a bit more polish on the same packages.

Thanks,
SISU Works
[Version 1.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Jun 2005
You might want to change the name of this product to reflect the fact that SW did not make Tomcat.
SW made an "installer".
[Version 1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 21 Jun 2005
Interesting...we'll consider it for the future. We hadn't realized that anyone out there would assume we built a tomcat distro from the ground-up.

Thanks for the feedback

-sw
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Anonymous commented on 21 Jun 2005
Also...when its listed in MacUpdate...it lists as:

"Tomcat by SW 1.2 - Jakarta Tomcat installer"

So it is actually listed (as "Jakarta Tomcat"...not "SW Tomcat) before you can even download it. We'll still consider a rename in the far future though

Thanks,
SW
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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Jun 2005
RTFW: http://jakarta.apache.org/tomcat/
[Version 1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 17 Aug 2005
yes .. you can find all you need at
http://jakarta.apache.org/tomcat/
but Tomcat by SW 2.0.1 performs the installation so easily... (the Mac way... click on the package..)
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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Jun 2005
Even on the website listed here, I find nothing to explain what this program is or does. Could anyone say a bit about what it is?
[Version 1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 21 Jun 2005
Tomcat is basically a self-contained web server used primarily for deploying some web applications

More info:
http://jakarta.apache.org/tomcat/
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Anonymous commented on 17 Aug 2005
it's an Application Server....
like WebSphere, Weblogic, JBoss or WebObjects or many others.....
You can run it with Apache as a WebServer and MySql as a Database server.... and all you need is free (and love)
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Tomcat by SW installs Jakarta Tomcat, a servlet container for JSP 2.0 (Java Server Pages ) and Java Servlet 2.4 Objects. It runs natively using Java 1.5, though a compatible module has been included in this distribution to allow Mac OS X 10.4-10.5 clients to use the software without Java 1. For your convenience, a standalone application, Tomcat Manager, is included.


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