Building a Google Map Mashup
By pelegri on Jul 16, 2006
Alexis showed a nice Mashup at JavaDay in Versailles. Last week he described the AJAX-based demo; this week he explains how the implementation uses Java Persistence, NetBeans, and Java Studio Creator to query the, REST-based, GeoEncoding Web Service. Check Alexis' blogs (part I, part II) for details.
An alternative approach is to use a rich-desktop client; for example Aerith. This is a big topic but the main tradeoffs here are between richness / performance of the presentation, the practicalities of deployment (Java Web Start can help) and/or integration within a browser.