O Application Servers, Where Art Thou?

With Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 out, it is time to take a little break and look at the application server world. J2EE 1.2 was created in 1999, that’s 10 years ago. The application server market at the time was completely different of the one today. There was Weblogic and Websphere, other proprietary application servers (not following J2EE) and no open source application server. Today, it is a completely different story. The application servers’ world has changed so much in the last 10 years, but people still have in mind the heavyweight server that takes huge amount of RAM, disk space and takes ages to start (being completely useless for agile developers who need to test and code quickly and often). So let’s focus on some application servers  (Geronimo, GlassFish, JBoss, Jetty, JOnAS, Resin, Tomcat, Weblogic and Webspere) and check some parameters. The benchmark Disclaimer :This is not a real benchmark ! In this little test I’m just concerned about the usability of an application server for a developer. The idea is to download it, install it, start it and take some measurements (size of download, ease of installation, size of disk, startup time, size of RAM…). That’s all. No deployment of an application, no fancy twists to gain performance…. Because some of these application servers are resource consuming, I’m doing all my tests on a Windows XP virtual machine (running on Virtual Box 3.1). It is a fresh […]

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