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<pre>Author/s : Paul Tremblett
Publisher : McGraw-Hill
Category : J2EE & Distributed Computing
Review by : Thomas Paul - bartender, Feb 2001
Rating : 9 horseshoes
"Instant Enterprise JavaBeans" does an excellent job of explaining EJB technology,
how to develop programs to use the technology, and how to deploy those programs.
Using the reference implementation that comes with the Sun J2EE, the author covers all aspects of developing and deploying EJB applications. The author starts with a good explanation of the Java 2 Enterprise Edition including n-tier architecture and then demonstrates a basic "hello world" EJB class. Using this class, the author shows us how to use the Deploy Tool to deploy and run EJB applications. In each chapter, we are taken step-by-step through the entire process required to produce working EJB applications. The author shows us how to develop stateless and stateful session beans and entity beans using bean-managed and container-managed persistence. Several clear examples of each type of bean are discussed. He then uses the different types of beans to create a more complex example that even includes an interface to a web ready cellular phone. In later chapters, he shows us many of the additional features available in EJB servers including creating container-managed transactions, authenticating users, and customizing applications using deployment descriptors.
The author finishes up with a brief discussion of performance issues. Even though the book only discusses the J2EE reference implementation, by covering the basic functions found in an EJB server we learn what to look for in other EJB servers. My one complaint is that the index is almost useless, even lacking entries for such basic topics as "transaction" and "database".
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