Difference Between Web Container and Web Server

What is the Difference Between Web Container and Web Server?
(Asked in Polaris Interview , held on April 11, Chennai)

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  • Apr 14th, 2008

The Webserver: Just Receive the request from the client and forward to Webcontainer, and do the Response vice versa.

Web Container: Creates HTTP Request and Response for the Servlet, calls the appropriate servlet service method (doGet or doPost) to service the client request.

Container also gives: Communication support(socket creation), Servlet life cycle management (Init(), Service() and Destroy()), Multithreading support, Declarative security(thru deployment descriptor) and  JSP support.

Source: Head First Servlet & JSP (SCWCD)

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