Command-line based code generators are one of the most significant selling points of frameworks like Play! and Ruby on Rails. Spring Boot and Spring Roo are efforts along the same lines. Most seem to assume such solutions do not exist for Java EE. In reality, Forge has provided pretty nice command -line Java EE code generation capabilities for a little while now. seam-gen, Forge's predecessor did the same.
Java Champion, Paris JUG founder, JCP expert, author and key Java EE advocate Antonio Goncalves has been trying hard to build awareness of Forge and Java EE through his very cool "Come and Play! with Java EE 7" talk. On January 9th, Antonio was kind enough to deliver the talk at the London GlassFish User Group. Check out the cool video of the talk below:
In the first part of the session, Antonio also delivered a truncated version of his other cool talk -50 New Features of Java EE 7 in 50 Minutes. The extensive slide deck for the talk is posted onSlideShare. All the details of the event are posted here.
Note while Forge is great, it is by far not the only option for Java EE code generation. NetBeans wizards and springfuse.com include some other options.