i have installed tomcat 6.0.18 and am able to start it at the command prompt on vista. i have the java platform standard edition 6 dev. kit JDK 6. i am able to run java programs at the command prompt. i also can use the eclipse software to create and run java files. i have tested my tomcat installation. when i type http://localhost:8080/
into my explorer browser i get the Apache Tomcat catalina home page. when i type http://localhost:8080/examples/servlets/index.html
get a page with links to example servlets that when clicked display tomcats sample html pages as intended. so far so good. BUT when i download sample servlet java files from my instruction java book disk and compile them into class files i have not been able to get them to run in tomcat 6.0.18. i have tried putting the java and class files in the same file i found the tomcat example servlets in and typing in http://localhost:8080/servlet/HelloServlet
into my browser address bar. i get a tomcat 6.0.18 error report HTTP Status 404-/servlet/HelloServlet the requested resource(/servlet/HelloServlet) is not available. i have tried about 5 billion other scenarios of file placement and call outs over the past 2 weeks (about one and a half hours a day). can someone please tell me what folder to put my compiled class file in using tomcat 6.0.18 and what exactly to type into my explorer browser address bar to get my simple HelloServlet class file to display the most beautiful words i will ever see on a web page HELLO, WORLD!