These are pretty wise words I wish I'd followed in retrospect for ye olde Digest Handler:

If you don't have a reason to use the Java platform any stronger than, 'I'd like to hit a niche platform Java provides me access to', you're better off picking another, more specialized tool.

I'm not completely sold on that -- REAL Basic's database support isn't quite what I want unless I shell out hundreds of extra bucks, but overall, very sound advice.