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From Alex Blewitt <>
Subject Re: [General] Container interface and AbstractContainer
Date Fri, 15 Aug 2003 16:30:16 GMT
>>> Speaking in definitions, a Service is a Component that performs an 
>>> action (as
>>> opposed to represent a thing like EntityBeans).
>>> Services would include your different J2EE containers, and the 
>>> things that
>>> they do.
>> Surely then it makes it desirable to have a 'Thing' and 'Service' 
>> supertypes to distinguish between them?
> I'm not sure what you mean by 'Thing' here, but JSR77 makes a 
> distinction between a resource and an instance of a resource (a 
> service).  So they have things like a JDBC Driver (a resource) and a 
> JDBC connection pool (a service).  Is that what you mean?

Yes, but I couldn't think up a good word for a non-service class; 
resource sounds like it fits the bill. But would then things like 
Servlets, EJBs etc be resources as well?


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