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Enterprise JavaBeans are being promoted as the component architecture for the new decade. The word Enterprise in the name would imply that EJBs are to the server environments what JavaBeans are to client computing. Both are component models, both are for Java, both try to deliver on the promise "write once, run anywhere." Beyond that, however, there is little commonality between them. EJB is not actually a software product but rather a specification of a server-side component architecture, to be implemented by vendors of server software. The specification combines object distribution with transaction processing and persistence. Its goal is to provide a standard architecture for building scalable, portable and distributed enterprise systems. The EJB architecture attempts to separate the business logic in the enterprise beans from the services that are required to hos... (more)