In search of a gentler Java

Up from middleware
By the late 1990s, application server technology emerged as a popular middle tier for client/server systems as the Internet revolution took hold and access to the World Wide Web became vital to all kinds of organizations -- corporations, government, non-profits and others. The emergence of app servers prompted the creation of a slew of start-ups and quick entry into the business by major players like IBM, BEA Systems, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. Writer John K. Waters recently took a renewed look at app servers, which in many cases is packaged into a bundle that includes development and testing tools, workflow managers, configuration management systems and other products. -Mike Bucken
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