Book Review of the Month

EJB Design Patterns: Advanced Patterns, Processes, and Idioms
by Floyd Marinescu, Ed Roman
Take the most popular J2EE resource - theserverside.com. Have the people who actually built the site using J2EE technologies throw in the best practices as EJB design patterns. Open the stage for hundreds of developers to read, critique and say yea or nay. Painstakingly update the pattern repository incorporating the developer feedback. Repeat this process for nearly a year. What do you get? The best catalog of EJB design patterns ever written - by developers for developers.

Letís face it. Many of the standard GOF design patterns are hard to apply in the EJB world. The learning curve is steep and the mistakes can be very expensive. This book gives you everything you need to design, develop, deploy and maintain industry strength J2EE applications using EJB technology.

The book is divided into two parts. Part one - EJB Pattern Language is a repository of the true and the tried strategies such as Transaction and Persistence Patterns, Session Facade, and Message Facade, JDBC for reading, Versioning etc. Part Two - titled "Best Practices for EJB Design and Implementation" is a collection of idioms, tips, do's and dont's specific to EJB projects.

This book is a great working reference, every EJB developer must have on the bookshelf. For those who have just begun their journey through the J2EE land, getting started with "Mastering Enterprise JavasBeans-2nd Edition by Ed Roman" provides the required background.

The book comes with a nifty chart for quick reference. The implementations can be downloaded freely from theserverside.com.

(Ajith Kallambella - sheriff - April 2002)

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