Friday, April 11, 2008

Jetty Keeps On Rocking!

For a while now, I have been a happy Jetty user. Life has been good for me: Jetty is a "Container with Good Attitude": it is transparent, easily and well integratable component. The last part -- Jetty being, and viewing itself as, a component -- is the most important part for me. While I have used Tomcat with success, I just can't help but prefer Jetty due to its pragmatic egalitarian attitude. It's not "the platform", if you don't want it to be; if you want it to, it can do that too. But there is no "Hollywood Rule" here ("don't call us, we call you"). Little wonder that platform builders (Eclipse, most J2EE Application servers), too, are major Jetty users. When you need to get a servlet container for your stack, or for testing purposes, it is a very good choice.

Anyway, as a content user I was happy to see Jetty author's blog entry, which confirms my suspicion: more and more developers have found Jetty. And apparently like what they see. While the metrics in question is not the most relevant out there (after all, I suspect most Jetty instances really are behind-the-firewall web service containers), it is telling that Jetty is doing well within even this market segment.

Congratulations to Greg and the Jetty team. And please keep up the good work.

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