It has been quite a while since I've posted, mainly for good reasons as things are flat out with my company at the moment.
One of the things that I've been up to is learning to use a few tools which are now saving me bags of time.
I had previously used xdoclet to generate EJB interfaces etc through ant..
Over the last few months several of the new projects have been struts based, again xdoclet has come to the rescue and allowed me to forget about swathes of configuration files. Highly recommended.
I've also started experimenting with hibernate as an alternate data persistence layer for us on a new project. The project in question has two or three differing target databases for deployment (Oracle, SQL Server and another under discussion), this means that I really ought to be able to test how well the differing mappings work. Of course xdoclet has again come into play to create the mappings files.