I've spent the past week basically reading every J2EE and EJB article I could find, as well as ordering some O'Reilly books on the subjects. Been playing a bit with JBoss and NetBeans to get things going and I am really impressed. Today we had a webex demo with the JBoss group and I am seriously just amazed at all they offer, for free.
Now knowing what J2EE and EJB can do in a serious business environment, I realize that I've been living in the minor leagues. I'm definitely pumped about getting into this full-thrust.