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Future industry direction?

Ajoy Bhatia

Joined: Jun 02, 2004
Posts: 13
I was enamored by EJB when I first started studying it for the
SCBCD exam. Seeing the existing demand for J2EE in job postings
for software developer positions, I was planning to hitch my
career bandwagon to J2EE - of which EJB is a major part.

But then, I read the arguments about EJB being too bloated and
the existence of more "lightweight" alternatives. Now I'm wondering
what the future of EJB would be, and how advisable is it to invest
in it as a career move.

Any comments?

- AjoyB
Pradeep bhatt
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Joined: Feb 27, 2002
Posts: 8927

EJB is undergoing major changes so it can be made easier to program etc.

Check out the new EJB 3.0

Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
Posts: 2164
in the meantime its easier to become user of hibernate, ibatis or even spring if you know ejb.
Catalin Merfu
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Joined: May 26, 2004
Posts: 42
I strongly encourage you to learn EJBs. They will not go away as corporations invested millions into software using the technology and most likely will embrace the next EJB3.0 which I doubt will be more useful and easier to use than current version.

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Ajoy Bhatia

Joined: Jun 02, 2004
Posts: 13
Thanks for your suggestions. I suspected that EJBs will not go
away very easily. I would like to study the alternatives too,
though, to get a more complete perspective of the issues and
possible solutions.

- Ajoy
Chris Mathews
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Joined: Jul 18, 2001
Posts: 2712
I agree that EJB is certainly not going away. Too many organizations have too much invested in the technology to scrap out at this point. However, more and more organizations are starting to recognize the benefits of non-EJB frameworkds such as Spring and Hibernate. Of course, when EJB 3.0 hits the town this could all change... but that isn't for another 18 - 24 months. My suggestion is to learn EJB inside and out since it is required knowledge in many organizations. Once you are comfortable with EJB, I would recommend that you begin evalutating and learning the various lightweight frameworks such as Spring, Hibernate, and JDO. Most importantly... have fun.
Kalpesh Soni
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Joined: Jan 02, 2001
Posts: 312
Simplify EJB3.0

EJB 3.0 draft specs

Test 094, IBM WID 6.0 cert
SCJP 1.2
SCBCD 1.3 Beta
SCWCD 1.4 Beta

Pradeep bhatt
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Posts: 8927

Interesting Interview here
B Tate

Joined: Aug 14, 2003
Posts: 12
An alternative is to use Spring+Hibernate until EJB 3 becomes available, and then move to that standard. If you know that you'll want to be on EJB3, then the cleanest migration path is through Spring+Hibernate, or the JBoss group's preview technology.
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