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Difference between a servlet container and a Web container

What is the difference between a servlet container, an application server and a Web container?

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A servlet container is specifically designed to manage servlets only, while an application server manages many different types of software components including EJBs, JSPs, message publishers and subscribers, etc.

A servlet container can be considered part of an application server, since J2EE application servers provide a servlet container within their complete infrastructure.

This was first published in October 2004

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