Head First EJB
Passing the Sun Certified Business Component Developer Exam
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: October 2003
Pages: 734

What do Ford Financial, IBM, and Victoria's Secret have in common? Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB). As the industry standard for platform-independent reusable business components, EJB has just become Sun Microsystem's latest developer certification. Whether you want to be certifiable or just want to learn the technology inside and out, Head First EJB will get you there in the least painful way. And with the greatest understanding.

You'll learn not just what the technology is, but more importantly, why it is, and what it is and isn't good for. You'll learn tricks and tips for EJB development, along with tricks and tips for passing this latest, very challenging Sun Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD) exam. You'll learn how to think like a server. You'll learn how to think like a bean. And because this is a Head First book, you'll learn how to think about thinking.

Co-author Kathy Sierra was one of Sun's first employees to teach brave, early adopter customers how to use EJB. She has the scars. But besides dragging you deep into EJB technology, Kathy and Bert will see you through your certification exam, if you decide to go for it. And nobody knows the certification like they do - they're co-developers of Sun's actual exam!

As the second book in the Head First series, Head First EJB follows up the number one best-selling Java book in the US, Head First Java. Find out why reviewers are calling it a revolution in learning tough technical topics, and why Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy says, "Java technology is everywhere...if you develop software and haven't learned Java, it's definitely time to dive in "Head First."

And with Head First book, you don't even have to feel guilty about having fun while you're learning; it's all part of the learning theory. If the latest research in cognitive science, education, and neurobiology suggested that boring, dry, and excruciatingly painful was the best way to learn, we'd have done it. Thankfully, it's been shown that your brain has a sense of style, a sense of humour, and a darn good sense of what it likes and dislikes.

In Head First EJB, you'll learn all about:

  • Component-based and role-based development
  • The architecture of EJB, distributed programming with RMI
  • Developing and Deploying an EJB application
  • The Client View of a Session and Entity bean
  • The Session Bean Lifecycle and Component Contract
  • The Entity bean Lifecycle and Component Contract
  • Container-managed Persistence (CMP)
  • Container-managed Relationships (CMR)
  • EJB-QL
  • Transactions
  • Security
  • EJB Exceptions
  • The Deployment Descriptor
  • The Enterprise Bean Environment in JNDI
  • Programming Restrictions and Portability
The book includes over 200 mock exam questions that match the tone, style, difficulty, and topics on the real SCBCD exam. See why Kathy and Bert are responsible for thousands of successful exam-passers--

"The Sun certification exam was certainly no walk in the park, but Kathy's material allowed me to not only pass the exam, but Ace it!" --Mary Whetsel, Sr. Technology Specialist, Application Strategy and Integration, The St. Paul Companies

"Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates are two of the few people in the world who can make complicated things seem damn simple, and as if that isn't enough, they can make boring things seem interesting." --Paul Wheaton, The Trail Boss, javaranch.com

"Who better to write a Java study guide than Kathy Sierra, reigning queen of Java instruction? Kathy Sierra has done it again. Here is a study guide that almost guarantees you a certification!" --James Cubetta, Systems Engineer, SGI

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3.0

Good book but now outdated

By Anonymous

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Comments about oreilly Head First EJB:

I did like this book, but then now I want a EJB 3.0 version. When can I expect one?

Also I wanted a Head First for Spring!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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EJB 2.0 Spec is Outdated!

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Comments about oreilly Head First EJB:

Gosh, outdated 5 years after it was released? Who'd have thought...

Even if the exam isn't current any longer there are still many applications using EJB2 and thus many people having to maintain those applications.

For them this is still an excellent book.

It's not perfect. IMO it's a bit too specific to the implementation of Sun's appserver, but given the original purpose of the authors that can't hardly be held against it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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EJB 2.0 Spec is Outdated!

By Joshua

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Comments about oreilly Head First EJB:

This is a handy get your feet wet book to the EJB world. There were numerous typos/errata instances, which made me wonder, at times, if they were in a rush to get this thing out. I wish they had a book that covered the EJB 3.0 spec released almost 2 years ago! The SCBCD people state the following: Please note that Sun will discontinue purchase of this exam effective February 29, 2008. They are referring to the exam regarding the EJB 2.0 specification. If I had it to do over again, purchasing this (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781933988344/index.html) or this (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/entjbeans5/index.html) seems like a better/safe choice, since 3.0 should be simple enough to learn without the Head First experience.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Overrated

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Comments about oreilly Head First EJB:

After having read about the Head First books on the internet, I felt that it would be most appropriate to buy Head First EJB and Head First Servlets & JSP since I wanted to learn some Java EE.

However, I ended up spending more time reading the different specifications (which was a good thing), in order to verify and clarify the things in the books.

The books are full of errors (take a look at the errata for this book, for instance) and though there are aspirations to thoroughly explain things, with many illustrations (which is good), I were left with the feeling wondering if the authors themselves had really understood what they were trying to teach.

With a solid reasoning and less errors, the style of the book wouldn't have bothered me. Now it seems like more effort was put into the aesthetics, rather than the contents. With this in mind, the style soon becomes tiring.

Another significant drawback is the fact that this book is not available in electronic form - quite old-fashioned and very annoying when wanting to do some reading while "on the road".

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent learning

By ak

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Comments about oreilly Head First EJB:

Made learning EJBs an interesting affair....who'd have thought that was possible :) I benefited hugely reading this book when I didn't know much about EJBs...and when you're reading this book (or any book from this series) ...you feel like the book can read your mind and explain anything that bothers you at the right time. I'll buy every book these guys write. Huge fan!! :))

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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j2ee RI? what to use in today's tools?

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Hi all,

I like the HEAD FIRST series.

HOwever, I am having a problem finding what RI is(I guess an J2EE app server, but I can't find it on the net to download).

Or even when I compile my 2 interfaces and AdviceBean class I get 8 errors, package javax.ejb does not exist, EJBObject, SessionBean, SessionContext....

What am I doing wrong here? I have tried installing earlier versions of SDK and J2EE versions but problems are still there.

ANy help would be appreciated.

 
5.0

Fantastic

By Alvaro

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Comments about oreilly Head First EJB:

Head First is arguably the best of O'Reilly book series. With an easy, colloquial language and image-based examples and explanations, it makes simple to understand the almost understandable EJB 2.0. technology.

I own the EJB, Java and Design Patterns books and I'm very satisfied. The only "but" maybe would be the time they're taking to publish an EJB 3.0 edition.

 
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Design Pattern

By amit

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Comments about oreilly Head First EJB:

It is just a wonder, It is just a miricle, Thank Orielly, Expect some more books on Java technology which follow the same pattren as this book, I despriatly need this way for learning UML.

Thanks once again

Amit

 
4.0

Need to upgrade this book

By Mian

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Comments about oreilly Head First EJB:

main concern at the moment: It needs to be updated. Now Java 1.5 is up and nobody is using 1.3 anymore.

So this is my request to O'Reilly, please update this book.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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EJB

By Astha

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Comments about oreilly Head First EJB:

I am a beginer in EJB and found this series really perfect for a beginer.

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