With all this talk about Jakarta Commons, now would be a good time to give a shameless plug to the three part series I wrote on the subject for the JavaRanch Journal (link in the first message), specifically covering the BeanUtils and Digester packages. Plug plug.
That's a very big dog. I think I want to go home now and hug this tiny ad:
Building a Better World in your Backyard by Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koop