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  • Paperback: 734 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (7 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596005717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596005719
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Head First EJB, you'll learn not just what the technology *is*, but more importantly, *why* it is, and what it is and isn't good for. You'll learn tricks and tips for EJB development, along with tricks and tips for passing this latest, very challenging Sun Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD) exam. You'll learn how to think like a server. You'll learn how to think like a bean. And because this is a Head First book, you'll learn how to think about thinking... And nobody knows the certification like they do --they're co-developers of Sun's actual exam!

About the Author

Kathy Sierra has been a master Java trainer for Sun Microsystems, teaching Sun's instructors how to teach the latest Java technologies. She is the founder of one of the largest java community websites in the world, javaranch.com. She is also a key member of the development team for the Sun Certified programmer exam and has developed dozens of applications to demonstrate Java technology.

Bert Bates is a 20-year software developer, a Java instructor, and a co-developer of Sun's upcoming EJB exam (Sun Certified Business Component Developer). His background features a long stint in artificial intelligence, with clients like the Weather Channel, A&E Network, Rockwell, and Timken.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bryji on 20 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was published in 2003 and refers to EJB 2 specification.

Unless you're a historian or working on quite an old project this book will be of no use to you. If it's the SCBCD exam you're interested in, Sun no longer even offer the version of the exam covered by this text.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Louise Miller on 16 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the only book I could find on Business Component
Developer Exam, so thats why i got it. Its a little childish to
read, lots of bubble talk explanations that i found a little
tiresome. Overall though it was informative and made ejb easy to understand so until another book comes out, this will do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Varney on 15 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
I have no doubt that the content of this book fits the exam objectives well, and prepares you well for the kind of questions that will be asked. Many of the explanations are good, there are useful mock exams at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book.
However, in order to get all of the content, you have to trawl your way through an awful lot of drivel and padding. There are loads of pointless asides, irritating chattiness and lots of exclamation mark abuse.
It also lacks a summary section at the end of each chapter to use for revision or reference after you've read the verbose explanations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamil Hasan on 5 Aug. 2004
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Its an amazing book, its not like any other book that teach you the technology in very professional way, which make the technology very hard to learn and very hard to continue reading.
Head first is teaching you the same technology in friendly basis, with jokes which makes you want to read more.
If you are good in Java, I really advise you to buy this book. If not, you have first to read the HeadFirst Java
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Well if you are not doing the exam and actually want to learn about EJB dont get this book. Its back to school stuff, loads of theory with no practical and no examples of anything. It focuses on stuff like you must remember this for the exam and that alone.

"setRollbackOnly lives in 2 interfaces etc. etc. This method can be called from this interface but not from this ( x 100 times ) "

For actual development and real use of EJB it's a waste of time. If you just want to program a few EJB's and keep a book beside you as reference, this is not gonna be your reference book! Also you wont learn enough from this book to do that as you are left to do all the practicals on your own.

It is so longwinded 600 and something pages and it just keeps repeating itself. It's like that high school teacher, teaching you something you do not need to remember for real life, but do need to remember to pass a stupid exam!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Kolesnikov on 10 Dec. 2005
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I used only this book to prepare for the SCBCD exam, and I've got 95%. The mock exam is quite close to the real exam questions by the level of difficulty. This is an invaluable book when you are overloaded by work and studies, it's humour helps to retain comprehension.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jarek on 20 Feb. 2006
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This book is focused on passing SCBCD exam. If you are looking for J2EE design or reference text, I'd suggest something else. However for passing exam it is number one. Worked for me.
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