A year with Java 5 EE

I've spent the last year with Java 5 Enterprise Edition betas and I'm going to talk about my experiences with the Java environment as a relative newcomer to the Java landscape. My background is in C/C++ System V programming on Linux, Solaris, and Irix systems. It has been a hard year but one that I'm thankful for. I've learned a lot about how Service Oriented Architectures go together, why they work, and why they fail.