Apache Tomcat is the reference implementation of Sun's servlet specification. It is a free, open-source Java application server that can be used both for development and production purposes. It may be downloaded free of charge from http://tomcat.apache.org. Follow the instructions on the Tomcat web site to install it on your platform. If you are developing on Windows, an installation program is available to help get it installed.
To get SoftSlate Commerce up and running under Tomcat, simply place the extracted .tar.gz or
.zip file, or the unextracted .war file in the
webapps directory under
the Tomcat installation, and restart Tomcat. The application should then be available by
http://localhost:8080/<installation-directory> . If
necessary, you can refer to the installation instructions outlined in the chapter on Installing SoftSlate Commerce.
While developing any Java application that employs Hibernate, as SoftSlate Commerce does,
a common problem you might experience is
when "reloading" the application using Tomcat's manager application. Because of this issue we
recommend you restart Tomcat after each code change to test it, rather
than reload the application within Tomcat. This will prevent the
java.lang.OutOfMemory errors from occuring and may save you a lot of
grief. If you installed Apache Tomcat on Windows, you have the option of adding it as a service to
the Windows Services menu. This can make it more convenient to trigger a restart. Otherwise,
Apache Tomcat comes with start/stop scripts in the
bin directory that
you can also use.