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<title>Web application overview</title>
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<h1 class="topictitle1">Web application overview</h1>
<p>The Web development environment provides the tools
you need to develop Web applications as defined in the <cite>Sun Microsystems Java¬ô Servlet
2.3 Specification</cite> and the <cite>Sun Microsystems JSP 1.2 Specification</cite>.
Web applications can be simple (consisting of only static Web pages) or they
can be more advanced and include JavaServer Pages (JSP) files and Java servlets.
These resources, along with an XML <a href="../org.eclipse.wst.webtools.doc.user/topics/twedtwbx.html">deployment descriptor</a> (<span class="filepath">web.xml</span>) and other <a href="cwebresources.html"> Web resources</a>, are contained within a Web project during development.
When you are ready to publish the Web application to the Web, you deploy the
Web project to the server in the form of a Web archive (WAR) file . The end
user can then view the Web application as a Web site from a URL.</p>