Check out JBoss Forge for jump-starting Java EE projects
If you haven’t already, check out JBoss Forge. I attended a session at JavaOne where it was used to build a Java EE application with JPA database access, a REST interface and a JSF web interface in less than 50 minutes. Sure, the speaker used prepared scripts for many tasks, but even so it was impressive – like Rails but for Java. And there are no JBoss dependencies in the generated code.