Application Servers: One Size Fits All ... Not?
Thursday, 30 October
In the beginning there was machine language, followed by assembly language, formula translation, and eventually procedural
programming, to organize the chaos. And then objects were introduced, to hide information. Soon Client/Server and multi-tier
applications were conceived to separate data concerns from business logic concerns and user interface concerns. Later, these
objects were distributed geographically to optimize hardware resources. And now, we have application servers, to simplify
scaling up a system for large volumes, improved response times, impeccable reliability, and high availability. Application
servers house the business logic, operating on data from a different server, and responding to requests from any source. But
these Application Servers come in all shapes, flavors, and sizes. What is a developer to do? This panel will explore issues
comparing application server technologies and questions about their appropriate use in different contexts.