Setting up a Tomcat Server under Eclipse

I recently decided to start using the tools at my disposal to their fullest, and so decided to start debugging my projects under Eclipse instead of just using Log4J statements to track stuff through the code. Why not?

And I had a Server set up under Eclipse, but its configuration has since bit-rotted, so it didn’t work. Which, as it turns out, is a good thing, since it forced me to relearn how to set up a Server (specifically a Tomcat 5.5 server) in Eclipse. The rest of this post is my crude attempt to document that endeavor. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Eclipse, it’s that there are a hundred different ways to do just about anything. Probably including what I’m attempting to show here. What follows is what worked for me. I’m going to assume you are familiar with Eclipse and how to set things up in it. Also, I’m assuming that you have Tomcat 5.5 (or some similar version) installed already. What you had for breakfast, your college grade point average or favorite color are all up to you.

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