Javalobby - Java J2EE Programming Forums - Take Your Tomcat on the Road: "Take Your Tomcat on the Road
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Wouldn't it be great if the web application that you wrote to run on a server could be made to run on a regular desktop computer with minimal effort on the user's side? You start thinking about all the obstacles you have to overcome: First of all, the computer may not have JDK or JRE installed. You also need Tomcat to run your servlets. And finally, you need to direct the user to open a browser and navigate to your application's start page. In this article, I am going to show you how you can package your application together with all required components (JRE , Tomcat, and a few other free/open-source components) that the user can just unzip to his/her computer and then run by clicking on an executable file, no batch file required. The application size is small enough to fit on a portable USB drive, so you can even run your program without installing it on a computer! If your application requires a database, no problem - you can embed a pure Java database into your application."