14.2. Packaging and assembly of applications

Developing EJB applications presents particular practical challenges that may not be present in other forms of development, as well as technical challenges. This is because EJB applications must be supplied to the EJB server in a particular form, with configuration files of a specific type and structure. In general, experienced EJB developers tend to follow one of three general strategies, although there are, of course, substantial variations in individual practice.

  • Use of an IDE tool for all stages of development: creating, compilation, assembly and packaging, deployment, and testing. While adherents of this approach stress its productivity, there is no doubt that a tool that offers this level of ...

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