- Wicket (Apache's Web Framework, from conceptual point of view similar to JSF)
- Google's Guice (I like especially the fluent configuration and only 22 pages of documentation)
- EJB 3 - No XML and just works. EJB 3.1 would be even better.
- [JPA] it rocks but comes with very small XML-configuration - so it should be out of scope here.
Especially the integration between EJB 3 and Wicket and EJB 3 and Google's Guice are superb (I will write some more about that soon). I like JSF as well, however the amount of XML configuration is still huge. JSF was designed from the tool perspective, so it isn't a problem with a good tool (like NetBeans IDE or JDeveloper). ...already looking forward to JSF 2.0 :-).