I don't know why, but when I saw the original report about this little app on the newswire, I thought it was a joke. I was expecting the punch-line to be something like "and it is written entirely in Flash." But it's not a joke. It's a neat little application written by those 'soft mules' at mulesoft.

Checking it out at the iPhone store, it looks straight forward enough; you simply connect to your tomcat servers, provide your credentials, and then you can get updates as to whether your Tomcat server is up or down. It's a free app right now, and it's got two great reviews, although, seeing that it was just released today, I'm assuming the two reviews just might come from some biased individuals.

Here's a link to it at the Apple store:

Now, be warned. That link tries to open Apple iTunes on your computer. I despise websites that do that, not that I'm criticizing Apple or anything. More than likely, iTunes will then freeze your computer and internet connection as it looks for an update. After all, it's probably been two days since Apple last updated your iTunes, so it'll force you to download a whack of data that won't need to be updated again until next week. But if you can deal with that annoyance, I definitely suggest you check it out.

Initial question? How safe is it to transmit your username and password for your Tomcat server across the network using this application? I guess it uses the same security mechanism as any iPhone banking application would use, but it is the first thing I thought about when checking out the application.

The First Tomcat Management App for the iPhone