Project Rave: One reason Visual Basic has flourished like it has is because it’s always been backed up by a first-rate IDE that has made programming so easy. Sun is hoping to do the same thing for Java with its new “Project Rave” line of tools. The idea is to abstract the new Java developer away from the guts of it all so they can start turning out software.
This page is frustratingly short on screencaps, but the idea is promising. And so is the contest to get rid of the silly name.