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Author/s: Debu Panda, Reza Rahman, Derek Lane
Publisher: self published
Review by: Christophe Verre
Rating: 9 horseshoes

One might say that "EJB3 In Action" is actually two books in one. Both EJB3's core functionality (Session beans, message driven beans, interceptors, transactions, exceptions...) and Java Persistence API (JPA) are covered. Learning Enterprise Java Beans is not an easy task, no matter how cleaner EJB3 are compared to EJB2. "EJB3 In Action" achieves to make a lot of advanced topics look easy. Not only does it provide the necessary information to understand EJB3 in an enjoyable style, it also introduces some best practices, performance issues, and illustrates important concepts with relevant code snippets. There is enough examples to keep you busy trying it yourself on your favorite container, as well as the downloadable application which is used throughout the book. There are also chapters about interoperability with EJB2, about using EJB3 with the Spring framework, well enough to satisfy the most curious and avid developers. All in all, the authors have made a fantastic job keeping the reader focused and entertained.

I used this book to study Sun's SCBCD certification. Although the book does not go as deep into the EJB specification as the exam does, I'm confident enough to say that, armed with this book and an exam simulator to fill the gaps, any serious developer can successfully pass.
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how often do you review this book ?

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Thanks very much for the review and nice comments about the book!

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Thanks again for taking the time to write the review.

Warm regards,

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