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Head First EJB vs. Mastering EJB

Blake Minghelli
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Joined: Sep 13, 2002
Posts: 331
I'm just starting to learn EJB. I'm a little unsure about the future of EJB but I do think it would be good for my resume if I have some EJB experience/knowledge.
I'm looking for a good book for beginners. I read the bunkhouse reviews of both of these books as well as the reviews on Although Head First EJB is for exam prep, based on the reviews, it seems like it may be a good book to start learning EJB.
Anyone have an opinion about these books (or others) that would help me decide where to start?

Blake Minghelli<br />SCWCD<br /> <br />"I'd put a quote here but I'm a non-conformist"
Anderson leeak

Joined: Apr 09, 2004
Posts: 4
so far as i know,the Mastering EJB is very good,at least in china. so i suggest you1 should read this book.
poor english,i m chinese guy

I m a Chinese.<br />中国人
Maulin Vasavada
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Joined: Nov 04, 2001
Posts: 1873
Hi Blake
I have HFE and Mastering EJB both with me. Both are very good. I would suggest that if you have a computer science background and java experience then Mastering EJB might be better to start off.
HFE, as you notice, is meant for certification so it has to deal with very minute details here and there hence sometimes you might feel lost and find yourself in too many objects (although it is written in such a way you would not feel this way but you may) Mastering EJB would give you architectural idea about EJBs and once you think you can handle more fine grain details then you can read HFE.
Also, to me, I had to get in the mode of reading HFE as I am not used to read books written with that ideology. You know the person's pictures and handwriting like text in some place and all But in a day I got used to it and now I think that it is clearing points very acurately.
In the end, you might have to read each of them more than once I have read Mastering EJB 3 times so far at different point of times and now I am reading HFE...
So, you can buy HFE while using online PDF of Mastering EJB if you want both.
Well, this is just my opinion on the saturday night with sleepy eyes.
Jawan Reshman

Joined: Apr 01, 2004
Posts: 4
So, you can buy HFE while using online PDF of Mastering EJB if you want both

Dear Maulin Vasavada
Can you please tell us where can we donwload PDF vesion of "Mastering EJB"? I have tried but the link is broken.
Denny Permana

Joined: Aug 13, 2002
Posts: 12
Hi Jawan,
the url is
I think Sun J2EE tutorial is a good start for beginning EJB as well.
I agree. Here's the link:
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