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Andres Quinones
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Hi Debu,Reza and Derek, I want to know how your book treat topics like Spring and its advantages and disadvantages against EJB3. I think it's very important for people that is new in the Bussiness topic.

Another question does your book has so many illustrative examples like Head First books?


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I would like say yes, but I did not read the Head First EJB book so I can't. However I can say that our book is fully of examples, practical advice and best practices. We have worked in the field with earlier incarnations of EJBs and we know the pain! Also you will find the book easier to read. Actually we start with a nice story. Read yourself at http://www.manning.com/panda/panda_meapch1.pdf. Note that this is the final draft and some errors have been corrected.
 
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Andres:

The book specificaly deals with the issue of comapring EJB 3 features to Spring. However, we avoid doing this in a one-sided manner. That is why we have devoted an entire chapter exploring Spring and EJB 3 integration.

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Originally posted by Andres Quinones:
Another question does your book has so many illustrative examples like Head First books?

I've read both, so I can comment on this.

EJB 3 in Action has a lot of verbal examples. They have more diagrams than the "average book." By contrast to Head First, the diagrams are more serious and nowhere near as prevalent as the Head First style. I found the book easy to read with good flow, but again it is not a Head First book so it doesn't contain jokes and the like.

On a scale of 1 (dry, boring tech book) to 100 (head first), this book is around 25*. The average "In Action" series book is around 15. The "Developers Notebook" series is around 40 which means Head First has a style of it's own.

For anyone else reading this, I am not commenting on the quality of the book. Just the writing style - which I liked! It's just that Head First is so atypically of development books that it's hard to compare anything to it.
 
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Andres:

The problem is that in-depth coverage takes a lot of room as is and is de-facto a little "thick", but we did what we could to liven things up a notch...

The other problem is that diagrams, jokes etc are time consuming to do well. That's why I generally admire the Head First books myself...but we are not "in competetion" with Head First becuase we are in a different market segment.

Hope this gives you an "insider's view" of the book.

Reza
 
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