The first release candidate of Apache Tomcat 8 is now available as an alpha release. This release is intended to allow for testing and feedback. It is not intended for production use.
One of Pivotal’s senior engineers, leading expert, and Tomcat contributor, Mark Thomas, made the announcement on Tuesday via Apache Tomcat mailing lists. Tomcat 8.0 supports the Java SE 7 specifications including, Java Servlet 3.1, JavaServer Pages 2.3, Java Unified Expression Language 3.0, and the new Java WebSocket 1.0 specifications.
Developed in parallel, Thomas had previously explained how specifications and releases are related, “As the work on the specifications proceeds, and, as the changes firm up, then those changes will be implemented in the Tomcat 8 branch.”