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Suggest me Good EJB Book

Narasimha Rao B.
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Can any one suggest, what is the good book, to start with EJB. I am new to J2EE technology.
Thanks in Advance,
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Pradeep bhatt
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EJB from Orielly is really a good book to start with.
Then there is EJB book by EDRoman.
Also, the EJB spec are handy.
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Nicky Moelholm
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Hi narasimha,
I believe one of the best books outhere is 'Enterprise JavaBeans' by Richard Monson-Haefel. It is non-vendor specific and follows the EJB 2.0 spec closely. There is of course also the EJB 2.0 specification itself ... that too might be of interest to you.
Good Reading!

Nicky Moelholm
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"Applying Enterprise JavaBeans 2.1" is a great book and covers the updated specification.

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Billy Tsai
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Do I need to know XML really well first to know J2EE?
should I study for the IBM 141 exam or SCBCD then SCEA?
Pradeep bhatt
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Yes, it is prefered to know XML before J2EE because J2EE modules i.e. web, ejb-jar, rar,ear make use of xml for deployment descriptor.
That is how I started with and would recommend others as well.
I dont see need for certification. You can read some XML books.
Take SCBCD before taking up SCEA.
If you need more info let me know.
Dave Cronin
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If you are new to J2EE and EJB, the best one will probably be the Head First EJB book by Kathy Sierra, if the preview chapters are anything to go by. I would suggest the following, listed in order of ease of reading (easiest first):
The Sun J2EE Tutorial (download from
Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans by Ed Roman et al
(download from
Enterprise JavaBeans by Monson Haefel (O Reilly)

Dave Cronin
Sudd Ghosh
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I did follow Monson-Haefel's EJB 3rd ed book. In my opinion, it is very good except for the fact that it also parallelly talks about EJB1.1, which at times makes it a bit confusing. I would have liked it more if it would have dealt with only EJB2.0.
The other point is that, as far as I remember, it is not vendor neutral but leans towards Weblogic with Cloudscape database. It would have been better if it would have only used Sun's reference implementation for its examples.
Thanks, Sudd

Ashok Talluri
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The best EJB book I suggest is 'EJB specification' on SUN site. It is not difficult, it is huge document which clearly specifies the specs. Print it and read chapter by chapter. Sooner or later you would realize that is the best book. O'rielly's is just a copy of the specification in book form. I suggest Ed Roman's book as an introductory book to start with and don't want to put much effort on EJB spec.
Meng Tan
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Enterprise JavaBeans 3rd Edition by Richard Monson-Haefel is the book.
After that, follow by the EJB specification.
Amer Khan
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Enterprise JavaBeans by Haefel or Mastering EJB. After getting comfortable with the topic try Bitter EJB anti-pattern book and a pro-pattern book such as Core J2EE Patterns or EJB Design Patterns .
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edRoman and j2ee specification from sun site r the best meterial for ejb..


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narasimharao konjeti
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edRoman and j2ee specification from sun site r the best meterial for ejb..

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