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Select components for Java web database application

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I wish to produce a database application, written in Java, which will be used to provide use of database information to a pool of about 50 users. I want them to be able to use the application via their browser. Most users will be on an intranet but I want it to be accessible to a few outside the office via internet connection. In trying to plan this project,the more I've researched the problem, the more lost I've become between Apache- Tomcat- Java- JSP- Servlets- JNDI- JDC Connector- and my MySQL database. I know I need a more complex solution than JDO, but I'm really confused about what I need besides Apache server, Java, and the mySQL database. I know there is no single path but I'm makng little progress in choosing. If someone could outline a reasonable plan for this project, I think I could direct my own study more effectively. (I know this could have been done more simply with PHP and mySQL, but I want to use the opportunity to learn Java and OOP.)
Thanks for any help.
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Thanks to both of you for your help.
Orangehead911, your succinct overview of the process reminds me of what a large task I've elected to take on and clearly delineates the broad path for me.
Eicheled, you have given me just what I wanted- a suggestion of specifically which of the myriad options I might use to accomplish this. I had thought that Tomcat had to be used as a part of Apache (the ignorance is deep!). I will definitely go the Tomcat route as almost all will be database driven dynamic content. I already have a MySQL database so there is no question there of what to use. I have downloaded  Connector/J from the MySQL site and plan to use JSPs based on your recommendation. Thinning out the forest so that I can actually see the trees is so helpful! I know I have a lot of work ahead but should now be able to approach it in a more efficient manner.
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