Max and I will be at JavaPolis next week. I don't know what Max is doing there but I will talk about Hibernate Search and JSR-303 Bean Validation, both talks on Thursday the 13th. Speaking of JSR-303, I have done a quick interview with Mark Newton on the topic: in a nutshell, it's shaping well and we hope to have a draft out in a month or so for you to review :)
One of my favorite feature in JBoss Tools is the Project Archives which provides automatic and incremental archiving of arbitrary directories into a zipped archive (jar,zip,war,etc) or into an exploded directory. Usable for any development that wants hot and/or exploded deployment.
Gavin pointed out that he did not get the separation between business logic and UI.
Which leads to the question of why are we layering in the first place?
I have heard many many bad reasons to justify layering. Actually, this is one of my favorite questions when I give a training. It's always fun to see the people sweating over a justification.
Someone asked on Slashdot what NAS he should buy. As usual, the clowns have a field day on the comments (even at threshold 5). The usual You should not need one if you do foo, Why add a single point of failure, and other Funny comments. I actually happen to have a NAS at home for more than a year. Here is what I wrote a year ago: