Released 13 months ago for the first time in beta, <a href="Apache" rel="nofollow">">Apache Tomcat 7 has been available</a> for companies to use for some time. Proving itself to be <a href="very" rel="nofollow">">very backwards compatible with Apache Tomcat 6</a>, Tomcat 7 is largely comprised of add-on features and bug fixes that make it more robust than Tomcat 6. However, many of these features are being released with the point releases (<a href="Apache" rel="nofollow">">Apache Tomcat 7.0.19 released last week</a>).

Released on <a href="" rel="nofollow">"> this week, Mark Thomas provided a brand new webinar on the current state of Tomcat 7. Originally presented in the SpringSource S2F Forum in Amsterdam, this update is slightly more current and gives good insight as to what is now in Tomcat 7 and what will be coming down the pike.

Some interesting points Mark brings up:

  • As of July 26, 2011 - only one official open bug is open for Tomcat 5, 6 and 7 (its on 7, and he has just written a bunch of tests to test the patch.) Note: not all patches are in current releases, but patches exist for all other bugs.
  • 115 enhancement requests are being considered. Voting is important for how these requests get promoted.
  • Work is underway for a new version of commons DBCP that will work better in multiprocessor environments.
  • Work is coming up on Socket IO including web sockets

To see the full webinar, check out the <a href="What's" rel="nofollow">">What's New in Apache Tomcat 7</a> presentation. The webinar is about 35 minutes.