November 11, 2003
"Head First EJB": A Brain-Friendly Study Guide to Passing the Sun Certified Business Component Developer Exam
Sebastopol, CA--It was overheard one day at the Tikibean Lounge: the
Session bean grumbled to the bartender, "I'm tired of doing all the work
and getting none of the glory." The bartender replied with the typical
sangfroid of one who listens to such complaints day in and out, "What do
you mean? Aren't you the only bean that's been required by the spec since
the very beginning?" To which the Session bean rejoined, "Fat lot of good
THAT does me." And so the conversation went.
You can learn a lot about Session beans in the Tikibean Lounge--about all
sorts of Enterprise JavaBeans, for that matter. But the only one way you
can get there is head first. That is, you'll find the Tikibean Lounge
inside the covers of Head First EJB: Passing the Sun Certified Business
Component Developer Exam (O'Reilly, US $44.95) by Kathy Sierra and Bert
Bates. You'll also find plenty of real-world tips in the Off-Path Guides,
exam traps and EJB pitfalls, and more than two hundred Coffee Cram mock
exam questions with which to test your knowledge.
"Head First EJB" sees readers safely through the exam and--even
better--prepares them to use EJBs in the real world. Written by the
co-developers of the real SCBCD exam, the book delves deeply into the EJB
architecture, session, entity, and message-driven bean lifecycles, CMP,
EJB-QL, transactions, security, patterns, and what component-based
development really means.
The second book in the Head First series, "Head First EJB" applies the
latest in learning theory to drive knowledge straight into the brain.
Readers interact with the material in unusual ways to learn more deeply
and more quickly, and--most importantly--to use what they learn. Those
who are already familiar with "Head First Java" will know what to
expect--the unexpected. If not, get ready to engage your mind.
Although "Head First EJB" prepares readers to pass the Sun Certified
Business Component Developer Exam, even those who aren't planning to
take the exam will find the book a great resource for learning about EJB.
"The reason the book is called 'Head First EJB' and not 'Head First SCBCD
Exam'is because when we first designed what we would put into an EJB
'learning book,' the content was not related to the exam," explain Sierra
and Bates. "However, the content in the exam and the content we'd planned
to include in an introductory learning EJB book were almost identical. So
yes, the book is great for people who want a Head-First-style introduction
to really understanding the core concepts of EJB." The book is not for
hard-core enterprise developers already familiar with EJB, the authors
add, but is about learning and really understanding everything about the
way that Enterprise JavaBeans work. And since it's Head First, that means
learning in the quickest and most entertaining way, without feeling bored
"Building business components with EJB is one of the most popular uses of
Java," note Sierra and Bates, "but the SCBCD exam is scary. We know--we
helped write it. Guilt-ridden over the toughness of the test, we thought
the least we could do is offer a simulating way to pass it, and all for
the cost (or less) of three extra large pizzas and a six-pack."
Praise for "Head First EJB":
"Finally...an EJB book that teaches you everything you need to know, and
keeps you laughing while doing it!"
--Kenneth Saks, EJB Container
Implementation Lead, Java Software Group, Sun Microsystems
"Using 'Head First EJB' materials I got a great score, and set a world
record as the youngest Sun Certified Business Component Developer (14
--Afsah Shafquat, Operation Badar, and IT Educational Movement
Head First EJB
Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates
ISBN 0-596-00571-7, 700 pages, $44.95 US, $69.95 CA
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