GWT has become the new favorite technology of tools providers. Instantiations, makers of visual design tools for SWT and Swing, has now added GWT support with the GWT designer.
Eclipse RCP has been in the news lately due to increased adoption numbers and the growing use of OSGi. The RCP framework provides a jumpstart to developers looking at writing modular rich client applications. Many developers are unaware that the Netbeans IDE also includes a framework to develop such applications called Netbeans Platform.
Genuitec has released MyEclipse 5.0 Enterprise Workbench. This is the first release version that supports the new Eclipse 3.2 platform. Enhancements include support for Matisse UI development, Hibernate 3.1 and Spring 2.0, and enhanced webservices and JSF features.
The jMatter framework, Eitan Suez' modern implementation of the Naked Objects Pattern using Swing, Hibernate, and deployed with Java WebStart, has been open-sourced this week. jMatter takes a domain model and then auto-produces 2-tier workgroup apps (Swing front-ends that talk to rdbms back-ends) intended to be used in a LAN or VPN environment.
Unlike the web development world, the Swing community has long been lacking standards or frameworks for how to best design applications. This may change soon, as JSR 296, Swing Application Framework, has been approved by the JCP. The framework aims to standardize the basic structure of a Swing app including lifecycle, persistent session state, ascychronous event handling, and localized resources.