Two of the newest additions to Java EE 6 are profiles and modularity. However, Roberto Chinnici's post is a strong reminder that this new Java EE release still focuses on ease of use, ranging from the web tier -- Servlets 3.0 -- to other areas like bean validation that offer a uniform validation API that can be used in conjunction with JSF, JPA and JAX-RS. Read Roberto's entire post entitled 'Ease of development in the Java EE 6 Platform': http://weblogs.java.net/blog/robc/archive/2008/11/ease_of_develop.html