This week's book giveaway is in the Testing forum. We're giving away four copies of The Way of the Web Tester: A Beginner's Guide to Automating Tests and have Jonathan Rasmusson on-line! See this thread for details.
Using deploytool for all war, tar, ear files sucks. Plain configuration file is better. And some explaination for the configuration is absolutely neccessary. Even I passed the Web Component Cert with 94%, I still had to spend much more time than I thought to read/try the J2EE servlet/jsp chapters. Mainly because they use deploytool to DEPLOY. deploytools sucks. You couldn't even read the configuration file at once in the tool.