Haha, just stumbled across this. It's funny to see, a whole three years after the end of the Persistence Wars, and in the face of the incredible success of JPA in almost every corner of Java development, that the conspiracy theorists are still out there, darkly hinting that commercial organisations like Oracle, IBM, RedHat ... have their own vested interest in RDBMS technologies, or in selling application servers.
JSR-314 has passed its final approval ballot. Finally, JSF gets a chance to live up to its promise. JSF 2.0 brings a bunch of innovation that happened in third-party extensions (including Facelets, Seam and Ajax4JSF) back into the specification. Back in July '07, I wrote up this wishlist and it's great to see that most of the issues on this list (and much more) have been addressed. It takes an enormous amount of work to put together a specification like this, so please join me in thanking the expert group. Of course, I should especially thank the members of my team (Dan Allen and Pete Muir) who worked hard on getting some important features in very late in the cycle.
In case you missed the announcement, which is highly possible as I think the main voice behind AS, Dimitris, is driving with his motorcycle across Europe and the US team is enjoying a day off with national holiday.
Good news! We've just gone live with Seam 2.1.2.CR2. This release puts us right on the brink of a final release, with only documentation issues and a little more testing remaining on the work list. If you haven't already done so, now is the time to test the release with your Seam projects and report back issues, as the next scheduled stop on the Seam roadmap will be Seam 2.2.
Last week I recorded a couple of podcasts. The first one, with Nitin from DZone, gives a good overview of where we are going with Web Beans and Seam 3 - we talk about what JCDI is, how it fits into Seam 3, and the migration path.