I was playing today with NetBeans visual web pack. While I like the idea (and I was looking for a visual way of creating dynamic, interactive pages), it needs a long way to go. I was not able to do a simple table selection and display after three hours of reading tutorials and googling around. No components for file uploads in default (although there is a pretty good File Upload from Apache Commons).
I also tried IceFaces AJAX library, but that did not work at all (I dragged a component, it did not appear on the visual web page, no JSF code created, but it appeared in inspector).
Everything is so difficult and counterintuitive, that I let it be for now.
And I’m still so happy I don’t need to develop web applications.
I keep wishing…