July 2018

A common task faced in development of Java EE applications is to configure a servlet container with the ability to communicate with external data sources, such as a database. To facilitate this connection we will use JDBC via a JNDI specification. Connection pooling dependencies are located in a single JAR at $CATALINA_HOME/lib/tomcat-dbcp.jar. However, only the classes needed for connection pooling have been included, and the packages have been renamed to avoid interfering with applications. To include connectivity to external sources, use a connection-specific jdbc driver: ORACLE MySQL Versions of MySQL and JDBC drivers that have been reported to work: MySQL 3.23.47, MySQL 3.23.47 using InnoDB,,...

As a fitting first post to this blog I am going to be discussing the process by which anyone can easily setup a Wordpress blog on Amazon's Web Service platform. The nice part about the Bitnami certified Wordpress installation is that it comes pre-configured and fully updated. No messing around with setting up databases or changing configuration files is needed. As always with any setup of a public facing web service I encourage users to first read the OWASP security implementations and considerations hereĀ I would not store any financial or personal information on a Wordpress site unless you have extensive knowledge...