Integrating Tomcat and Apache on Mac OS X

by Volker Weber

Simon Brown writes:

I've been looking at integrating Apache and Tomcat on my PowerBook so that my dev environment more closely matches the box hosting my domain. ... after a quick Google, I came across an article on the MacDevCenter entitled Integrating Tomcat with Apache Via the mod_jk Module. Admittedly it is slightly out of date with respect to the versions of Tomcat and mod_jk available, but the instructions do work and it has a link to download a prebuilt version of mod_jk for Mac OS X. Five minutes is all this took to get running and I didn't even have to recompile anything!

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This is interesting, because Matt Raible was trying, and failing, to do the same thing ... what's weird is he went on to say this:
... I do not use OS X as my primary development environment because it *is* a pain in the ass... As an e-mail and blog-reading machine, it [his PowerBook] rocks, but it'll never be a good development environment until more developers use it... but I doubt that'll happen.


Ben Poole, 2003-10-14

I really can't comment since I don't do development on the Mac. I would not try Notes dev as stated before, but I don't see a problem with Web development or J2EE. It is going to be interesting to see what benefits Xcode will bring.

Volker Weber, 2003-10-15

Well, I tried to code with my old Mac years ago, and for a newbie, it was a real uphill struggle: not nearly the variety of tools and languages that there are for Windoze.

But I fimrly believe things have changed now: if I could do my day-to-day coding on OS X, I would jump at it.

That said, I think Matt R's issue was partly due to who it is he's catering for. If you work in a Wintel shop, coding J2EE apps for a Wintel platform, then I guess it makes less sense to do that on a Mac (though of course there are plenty of tools which cover both platforms).

XCode does indeed look good: I'm already a fan of ProjectBuilder.

Ben Poole, 2003-10-15

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