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EJB 3 in Action by Derek Lane, Reza Rahman, Debu Panda

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Preface

In its early days, EJB was inspired by the distributed computing ideas of technologies such as CORBA and was intended to add scalability to server-side applications. EJB and J2EE enjoyed some of the greatest buzz in the industry during the dot.com boom.

The initial goal for EJB was to provide a simpler alternative to CORBA through components and framework benefits—but the component benefits were oversold. By the time EJB 2 was released, it became apparent that EJB could be used as a framework to make server-side development easier—but it was complicated. It became a heavy framework that provided features such as remoting, transaction management, security, state maintenance, persistence, and web services. It was loaded with more features ...

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