"Beyond Java" and moving Java EE forward

I missed the whole Java EE 5 blogging carnival yesterday. I was hoping to play the role of the Siamese bearded female midget twins who can lift 2 tons. However, by the time I got out of my day long meeting and hit the hotel I was pretty wiped out. It's not like there isn't already a good amount of discussion happening, especially around simplicity.

I have already layed down some thoughts about "Beyond Java", but I do wonder how Java EE 5 will impact that discussion given it's focus on ease of use. Actually, Java EE 5 already has impacted the discussion but now there is more substance/meat behind Java EE 5.

There's no doubt that Java EE 5 is leaps and bounds ahead of scripting languages in some regards (like development tools), but behind in others (relatively speaking, making simple things easy). As developers try out Java EE 5 with advanced tools, how far will the line move between when to use scripting languages and "traditional" Java EE development? Note, moving the line is not a competition. Developers realize there is a place for both scripting and Java. "Use the right tool for the job" is pretty much a cliche.

So if you are a developer, do you think Java EE 5 will move the line for you? Will you revisit EJBs for example? Or do you think the line remains where it is and Java EE 5 just makes enterprise Java development easier?

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