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Chapter 15. Deployment and scaling > Choosing a servlet container

15.1. Choosing a servlet container

Selecting a servlet container these days is often difficult because the difference between products is small. There are many commercial and open source options; both variants provide extremely professional software that’s good for development and production environments alike. With such a competitive field, choosing a container has become a somewhat religious affair (much like for build tools), and the vast majority of functionality is inconsequentially different.

From an application standpoint, Lift will run nearly identically in any container, be it Tomcat (http://tomcat.apache.org/), Resin (http://www.caucho.com/products/resin/), or another. So where’s the point of differentiation, you may be wondering? Well, throughout the course of this book, we’ve talked a lot about real-time applications and using Comet-based page components. One of the things we haven’t talked a great deal about is how Comet actually works under the hood, and what that means for the container.


  

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