Not sure if our little “vote for this bug” scheme was the cause of this, but it looks like Sun is finally starting to realize they need to do something to improve HotSwap to keep up the pace. Check out the forum entry and provide feedback.
If there was only one bug/feature request everyone should care about, this. The expansion of HotSwap support is required for Java to stay cutting edge. Java will get passed up if it continues to require that entire web apps be redeployed after each individual class change. Please vote for this bug and pass it on to your friends. And if you don’t know what HotSwap is, vote for this bug and then try it out in your favorite IDE.
For more info, see Keith Lea’s blog entry.