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About the Author

Michael Sikora

Michael Sikora is an enterprise architect with a background in the Unified Process and JEE. He has a particular interest in object oriented and database technology. He has worked for many large UK clients such as ICL Fujitsu, Mercury Communications, Vodafone and BUPA. He has used Java since 2000. Before that he spent a decade designing and developing database and datawarehouse systems. He has experience of Oracle, PL/SQL and C. In the 1980s he worked for Shell developing exploration software. He graduated in Mathematics from Essex University and has Masters degrees from London University and Imperial College.

Michael currently resides in London, England and enjoys mountaineering and still hopes to complete the seven summits.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (May 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847195601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847195609
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin Boone on December 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Books on EJB technology tend to be fairly weighty. There are tomes of over 500
pages that deal solely with the persistence manager. And here we have a slim
(by EJB standards) volume that claims to offer a complete overview in a mere
240-or-so pages including, incredibly, EJB Web Services. Is that possible?

Well, up to a point it is. The trick is to focus ruthlessly on the information
needed to make things work, while skimming over technicalities. The book claims
to provide a `fast-paced tutorial' and that is, I think, exactly the way to
look at it. If you're interested in investigating the possibility of using EJB
in a particular project, and know little about the technology, then this book
would provide a great introduction. It's easy to read, liberally scattered with
code examples, and nicely presented. An experienced Java developer could read
it cover-to-cover in a few hours and understand most of it in one reading.
That's pretty unusual for a book on this subject.

Chapter 1 deals with the EJB architecture (very briefly indeed) and how to
obtain and set up the GlassFish application server.

Chapter 2 is more meaty, covering session beans and EJB clients. It is notable
that Java annotations are used here and throughout the book -- there is little
reference to the earlier ways of doing things. Knowledge of how annotations
work is assumed -- there is no technical explication. Another simplifying
factor is the use of client containers to invoke EJB code. This means that the
author doesn't need to explain in detail how JNDI works, and the reader doesn't
have to try to follow the explanation.
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I've been developing Java for several years, but have not used or required Enterprise JavaBeans until recently. I first purchased the O'Reily book, "Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0", but before reading it, stumbled upon the PACKT Publishing book, "EJB 3 Developer Guide". Michael Sikora has an excellent writing style. I won't go into the chapter by chapter iteration that some of the other reviewers have done so well, but you get an excellent and rapid start on learning EJB, JPA, annotations, etc.

If you're a Java developer and want to get up to speed in just a few weeks on EJB 3.0, my suggestion is to purchase both books. Start with "EJB 3 Developer Guide", which you should be able to do in a weekend, or faster if you don't actually run the samples, then move to the in-depth look at EJB with the O'Reilly book. I actually used the O'Reilly book as a reference when I wanted to know more about a certain topic, then went back to the PACKT book as the pace was pretty nice and fast. You then have a good starting point when diving into the second book.
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Trimming down the typical EJB 3 guides and documentation out there did not seem to be the goal of the author. However, he did so by trimming all the fluff out of the book and presenting things in an organized, succinct manner that prove he took his time while writing the text.

Possibly what I enjoyed most about this book was the fact that the author took the time to carefully choose each word he used. This resulted in a clear understanding without rambling or going off-point as even the EJB 3 books published from O'Reilly do (of which I am a supporter). The sheer clarity and careful nature of the author really shines through and makes it a fast, easy reader from beginner to advanced offering your much more clarity than any other book it currently competes with.

Well organized as well, this book presents EJB 3 development using concrete examples and in a logical, real-world order. Many of its competitors use a very academic approach, which is good for reference, but lack this author's obvious understanding of solving a real-world solution from the ground-up. The book's author has written and organized the text in such a way that you won't find yourself doing a lot of rework and/or revisiting to pieces of code as much as you find in other books which makes for a much clearer picture of how EJB 3 can be applied to your specific problem domain.

Simple illustrations/diagrams make things easy to follow as well. The author, again, took the time to create simple but meaningful designs for this information rather than relying on flashy graphics or over-done diagrams to attract your attention (as I am sure we have all seen in many company presentations, lectures, etc. etc. etc.).
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