Book Review
J2EE Development without EJB


A thorough discussion of the appropriate use of EJB and how to develop without it.
For more detailed information, view the publishers homepage: Wrox

Authors:Rod Johnson, Juergen Hoeller
Page Count:576 pages
Publication Date:06/2004
Used Programming

Subjects:  Java, Software Development, Software Engineering

About the Authors

Rod Johnson is an enterprise Java architect with extensive experience in the insurance, dot-com, and financial industries. He was the J2EE architect of one of Europe's largest web portals, and he has worked as a consultant on a wide range of projects.

Rod has an arts degree majoring in music and computer science from the University of Sydney. He obtained a Ph.D. in musicology before returning to software development. With a background in C and C++, he has been working with both Java and J2EE since their release. He is actively involved in the Java Community Process as a member of the JSR-154 (Servlet 2.4) and JDO 2.0 Expert Groups. He is the author of the best-selling Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development (Wrox, 2002) and has contributed to several other books on J2EE since 2000.

Rod is prominent in the open source community as co-founder of the Spring Framework open source project (, which grew out of code published with Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development. He speaks frequently at leading industry conferences. He is currently based in London.

Rod can be contacted at

Juergen Hoeller is a Senior Systems architect and Consultant at werk3AT, a company that delivers complex web solutions and provides J2EE-based consulting in Austria.

Juergen has a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Linz, specializing in Java, OO modeling, and software engineering. He has worked on a wide range of projects with numerous J2EE application servers, ranging from enterprise application integration to web-based data visualization.

Juergen has particular experience in developing J2EE web applications, O/R mapping, and transaction management. Juergen is co-lead of the Spring Framework and active in many community forums, including TheServerSide.


FocusApplying UML
Theoretical Foundation
PrerequisitesUML Modeling
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This book does not advocate the absolute banishment of EJB; on the contrary, it provides an in-depth analysis of when and where EJB is appropriate. It is the author's take that this technology has not lived up to its promise and quite often results in overly complex projects.

In its place, Johnson proposes the use of lightweight containers as the framework in which the application will run. He begins with an introduction to these containers and the Spring framework, upon which further examples and discussions in the book are centered. The remainder of the book concentrates on Aspect Oriented Programming and Inversion of Control principles.

To get the most out of this book, knowledge of J2EE, J2SE, and OO design is important. Helpful, but not necessary, is knowledge of EJB.

Elizabeth Graham, Technical Editor, Gentleware AG, 09/2005

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