GuruKulki GuruKulki - 2 months ago 39
Java Question

Difference between Java Bean and Enterprise Java Beans?

Are they different or they are used interchangeably? If they are Different, then what made them different from each other?


A JavaBean is just a plain old Java object that conforms to certain conventions including the use of accessor functions (getFoo/setFoo) for member access, provision of a default constructor and a few other things like that.

An Enterprise JavaBean is a component in a Java EE application server which comes in several flavours, the details of which vary by which version of Java EE you're talking about (or, more specifically, which specific set of EJB specifications are involved).

JavaBeans were originally mostly intended to be used in builder tools by providing a known interface which could be looked for through introspection in the tools. They quickly turned into what amounts to a religion, however.

Enterprise JavaBeans are intended to provide encapsulated business logic for enterprise applications within a general container that provided things like session management, security, resource pooling, etc. as services thus allowing the business logic to be (relatively) untainted by these cross-cutting concerns. (Whether or not they accomplished this is a matter that is up for debate, given how difficult they were to use at first. More recent versions of the specification have made this easier, however. Legacy apps, though, are still a pain and sadly likely the majority of the EJBs you're likely to encounter.)

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