application server : Java Glossary

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application server
The real problem is that the term application server is overloaded to mean a lot of different things — it can mean transactional middleware server (which is how many of the database companies want you to think of it), or it can refer to tools like ColdFusion that provide an environment for hosting business objects and supporting client/server application development, or it can refer to systems like Dynamo that are designed specifically to serve dynamically generated content over the Web and that provide frameworks for organizing and managing large numbers of application components in very large scale applications, for scalability, for session-tracking and user-profiling, for automatic session failover, etc. In this glossary I usually refer to application servers by the more irreverent term womb.

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