We all know about RIA, aka Rich Internet Applications. But do you know there is also a REA ? Rich Enterprise Applications ! Not exactly sure what it means, but I am sure its like RIA pimp my boring business and office application. I came across the word on the Icefaces website.
The latest release should have already hit the road in 2008, but JSR 316 (link) only now is under public review until February 23. I guess the step from version 5 to 6 will not be as dramatic as in the previous historic change from J2EE 1.4 (released 2002) to JEE5 (May 2006). But life becomes more easier or better more abstract. Just worries me that you need lots of experience to understand whats going on under the hood !
Some work coming up for all the Application Server Vendor to become compliant again (most of them sit in the JCP commitee anyway), not to mention customer s who still use 1.4, running behind the crowd with their systems! Time will reveal the roadmap.
Lots of new books gonna delight us on JEE6 and J7 !