With the preamble of my opinion not being an authoritative point of
view at all, I should point out that Java/JVM based services are not
especially loved in WMF. Ops does not feel it has the capability of
supporting them. There are a few around like Gerrit, Cassandra,
ElasticSearch, Kafka but none of these is actually maintained by ops.
All of these have owners/maintainers outside of ops (entire teams in
some cases), with varying degrees of success. The question of whether
it should be Tomcat or Jetty, is a valid one, but serves to alleviate
only part of the problem (it's not like Ops hate tomcat but like
Jetty). So, there are probably a few social/administrative issues that
it might make sense to address first before handling the technical

On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 12:13 PM, Adam Wight <awi...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Friends,
> I'm helping review a tool <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Ids>
> that I understand Wikimedia Taiwan is eager to use, which uses a parser
> hook to render ideographic description characters
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideographic_Description_Characters_(Unicode_block)>
> into PNG glyphs in order to display historic or rare characters which
> aren't covered by Unicode.  It's very cool.
> The challenges are first that it's based on a Tomcat backend
> <https://github.com/Wikimedia-TW/han3_ji7_tsoo1_kian3_WM/blob/master/src/idsrend/services/IDSrendServlet.java>,
> which I'm not sure is precedented in our current ecosystem, and second that
> the code uses Chinese variable and function names, which should
> unfortunately be Anglicized by convention, AIUI.  Finally, there might be
> security issues around the rendered text itself, if it were misused to mask
> content.
> I'm mostly asking this list for help with the question of using Tomcat in
> production.
> Thanks,
> Adam
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