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"Head First EJB" and J2EE 5

 
Wojtek Thomas
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Hi,

I am going to learn J2EE technology. Now I have bought "HF EJB" and I have installed J2EE5 and now I am confused:

Now I can deploy EJB as application using NetBeans, however I want to do it manually, to learn how deploing works (the way showed in the book). I have noticed that there's no deploytool in J2EE5, neither in J2EE5 tutorial theres nothing about manually deploying enterprise application. I have found only section about deploying using IDE or ant.

Could you tell which of the following solutions will be better for me?
1. Go back to J2EE 1.4 (I have found deploytool there and there is section in tutorial about manually deploying).
2. Don't bohter about manually deploying and learn examples from jJ2EE 5 tutorial.

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Christophe Verré
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If you want to use HFEJB, you'd better go back to J2EE1.3.
 
Wojtek Thomas
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But is it worth to go back and learn 1.3 and use 1.3 as a "springboard" and enviroment for beginners?

I have read that J2EE5 is simpler and less bloated than 1.3 or 1.4. Maybe it is not worth to go back?
 
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It is extremely helpful to still learn J2EE 1.4 because the whole lifecycle, and how things are done in the App Server et al, is very important to know. While you can get away without knowing it, I think that when you go interview at places that have good people they will ask you lifecycle questions in their interview.

Mark
 
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