Fast CGI Vs Java Application Servers

Ian Bicking ianb at
Sun Jun 29 21:22:39 CEST 2003

On Sun, 2003-06-29 at 05:44, Irmen de Jong wrote:
> Charles Handy wrote:
> > 
> > How does FastCGI compare against java Apps running in java app servers 
> > like TomCat, Sun One, WebLogic and WebSphere?
> A (fast)CGI program compared to the actual Java program may not be
> much of a difference, depending on the program of course. What is
> a *huge* difference is that the Java app is running inside an
> *application server*. A (J2EE) Application Server provides a
> rich environment on which to base your scalable enterprise applications:
> - security
> - connectivity
> - scalability (performance, clustering)
> - maintainability / managability
> - error reporting/logging
> - component based (EJBs)
> - database connectivity and object persistence
> - transactions
> - ...

And since this is a Python newsgroup, it should be noted that in one
form or another you can achieve many of the same features in various
Python web frameworks (see:

Many of them are application servers with an architecture not unlike
Java application servers.  None of them are as complete as their Java
equivalents, but they may have all the features you really need.


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