FAQ: Enterprise JavaBeans

   
 
 

What are/is Enterprise JavaBeans?

Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) is an API specification for building scalable, distributed, component-based, multi-tier applications. It leverages and extends the JavaBeans component model to provide a rich object-oriented transactional environment for developers building enterprise applications.

Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) technology is the basis of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE). EJB technology provides the scalable architecture for executing business logic in a distributed computing environment. J2EE makes the life of an enterprise developer easier by combining the EJB component architecture with other enterprise technologies to solutions on the Java platform for seamless development and deployment of server side applications.

What is the relationship between Enterprise JavaBeans and JavaBeans?

Enterprise JavaBeans extends the JavaBeans component model to handle the needs of transactional business applications.

JavaBeans is a component model for visual construction of reusable components for the Java platform. Enterprise JavaBeans extends JavaBeans to middle-tier/server side business applications. The extensions that Enterprise JavaBeans adds to JavaBeans include support for transactions, state management, and deployment time attributes.

Although applications deploying the Enterprise JavaBeans architecture are independent from the underlying communication protocol, the Enterprise JavaBeans architecture specifies how communication among components maps into the underlying communication protocols, such as CORBA/IIOP.

Where can I find more information on EJB and J2EE?

For more information on EJB, see here. For more information about J2EE and how to get the specification, see here.