I don't think I can find words to describe how bad this book is and how much I have been disappointed by it. I had been waiting for quite some time to get it as I was hoping to find an advanced treatment on automating the "practical" matters of ejb.. generating code but especially deploying on various application servers ( a topic that sadly most ejb books skip since it is "vendor dependent") and how to do all this the right way using JBuilder. This booklet turned out to be a weak introduction to ejb, that just teaches you the very, VERY basics and also in a hurried and superficial manner. And trust me I am not a snobbish theorist or a "I read-only-manuals-and-oreilly-books" kind of guy, and I know a good book when I see one.
The JBulder part is at best laughable: first of all, the code for the book was developed with JBuilder FIVE and the title says proudly 7...The difference doesn't show up much anywasy since the code examples are not even worth calling toy examples.. they are just snippets that could have bene put together by someone who started learning java last week. And as for deploying the examples, good luck man, you are on your own.
Ah, did I mention that the first FIVE chaps are not even on ejbbut just the plain vanilla javabeans? Did I mention that the whole layount of the book and the style of writing reminded me of a high school student who uses the biggest possible Word fonts to fill up the required number of pages of an assignment when he is totally without anything significant to say?