I am no expert. I guess the stateful bean will get destroyed if there is a runtime exception in one of the methods. I believe the answer - 'application stops abruptly' may look very abstract.
You may have to validate my answer with a better source.
Joined: Jul 31, 2006
nope.. I found the answer. If there is any runtime error, then that error is wrapped by a remote exception and does if any clean up process then throw remote exception. Can someone validate this?