I've read\heard many times about java containers such as a servlet container, however, I can't seem to find a good definition of what a container is in the enterprise java world.
Does anyone know of a good definition of an enterprise java container?
Referring more generally to the Container pattern (of which an enterprise Java container could be considered a specialization), the book Server Component Patterns by M.Volter, et al. offers the following:
[A CONTAINER provides] an execution environment that is responsible for adding the technical concerns to the COMPONENTS...Conceptually, it wraps the COMPONENTS, thus giving clients the illusion of of tightly-integrated functional and technical concerns.
Examples of such technical concerns include security, transaction management, logging, etc.