Special Edition Using EJB 2.0 starts with a description of how EJB fits into the big picture of J2EE development, then covers such topics as:
Locating EJB's using JNDI
Managing data with EJB Query Language
Building JMS applications using the new Message-driven Bean
Planning EJB applications using design patterns
Later chapters describe advanced development topics including interoperability, horizontal services and clustering. Throughout the book, the authors construct a component-based auction web site using the J2EE architecture as a practical example.