Flash Demo: J2EE Has Never Been Easier!
By Roman Strobl on V 24, 2006
Some people know me as a J2EE-sceptic. I have some very bad experiences with J2EE (and especially EJBs) from the ancients times of J2EE, when it took like half an hour to create a hello world application and deployment took a couple of minutes (and often failed). I was a developer and then a project manager of a project which was a big firedrill and we've spent lots of nights coding EJBs and deploying them to an unreliable app server (which wasn't from Sun). No, that was not fun.
The times are changing though. It is great to see how much persistence frameworks such as Hibernate and many of the new web frameworks helped J2EE (sorry Java EE) become simplier to use and more powerful. NetBeans together with Glassfish makes the development experience quite enjoyable - I can't imagine anyone using a command line to write EE apps, although I heard some people still do it.
I recorded a short flash demo to show how easy it is to get started with Java EE 5. The generation wizards do not solve all the problems of the world, but are a nice way how to get started with Java EE 5 - you will see how easy it is to customize the web application. I am very excited about annotations in EE 5 and the new Java persistence. All the EE 5 features are nicely supported in development builds of NetBeans 5.5 and the development is so much faster than with previous versions of EE. The amount of code you don't have to write anymore is quite amazing.
There is still time to provide feedback to NetBeans developers before NetBeans 5.5 is finalized (get the daily build, not the beta). So check out my demo and let us know what you think... and remember this is just one of the features which is available.