The Play 2.3 release increases modularization of the framework by separating parts from the framework. Also, the Play shell has been replaced by Activator, which includes a browser UI and project templates. InfoQ also talked to Play tech lead James Roper to learn more about the changes and futures plans.
Almost 7 years ago Tim Bray declared SOA dead and the future was Web Style. In a recent blog post Jean-Jacques Dubray looks back over the years and decides that Web Style hasn't worked and, given the plethora of non-Web Style services in the Programmable Web directory, is in fact itself dead. He also looks at what this means for computing and the future of application development.