I'm currently learning Jave-EE, having plenty of C++ experience and having learned Java SE. I don't understand the purpose of Enterprise Java Beans; can someone clarify this for me. I'm not interested in legacy uses: this is in the context of EJB-3.1 and Java-EE 6.
It seems that some people use them to contain the business logic, for implementing the business layer of the conventional 3-layer architecture. That separates the domain logic from the domain objects, leading to an anemic domain model. But that goes against all my OOD instincts; I agree with Martin Fowler that it is an anti-pattern. Should I relax my objections to an anemic domain model? Or do EJBs have other uses?