EJB still holds a place in the Java EE marketplace, even though frameworks like Spring and Guice have shunned its approach since its first versions deeming it too complex. In these two posts the discussion centers on the latest EJB 3.1 release and its offerings. Read Ken Saks's post 'A Sampling of EJB 3.1': http://blogs.sun.com/enterprisetechtips/entry/a_sampling_of_ejb_3 Read Adam Bien's post 'EJB 3.1 And REST - The Lightweight Hybrid': http://www.adam-bien.com/roller/abien/entry/ejb_3_1_and_rest