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Part IV. Web Beans and the Java EE ecosystem

The third theme of Web Beans is integration. Web Beans was designed to work in concert with other technologies, helping the application developer fit the other technologies together. Web Beans is an open technology. It forms a part of the Java EE ecosystem, and is itself the foundation for a new ecosystem of portable extensions and integration with existing frameworks and technologies.

We've already seen how Web Beans helps integrate EJB and JSF, allowing EJBs to be bound directly to JSF pages. That's just the beginning. Web Beans offers the same potential to diverse other technologies, such as Business Process Management engines, other Web Frameworks, and third-party component models. The Java EE platform will never be able to standardize all the interesting technologies that are used in the world of Java application development, but Web Beans makes it easier to use the technologies which are not yet part of the platform seamlessly within the Java EE environment.

We're about to see how to take full advantage of the Java EE platform in an application that uses Web Beans. We'll also briefly meet a set of SPIs that are provided to support portable extensions to Web Beans. You might not ever need to use these SPIs directly, but it's nice to know they are there if you need them. Most importantly, you'll take advantage of them indirectly, every time you use a third-party extension.