I spent many hours and quite a few late nights this week working on AppFuse. It's funny how little sleep you can live on when you're working on something you're passionate about. There's only a few items left on the 1.6 roadmap, so I hope to do a release in the next week or so.
The major new feature in 1.6 is WebWork as a web framework choice. If you'd like to dig in and take AppFuse+WebWork for a test-drive, checkout AppFuse from CVS and execute "ant install-webwork". From there, the tutorials are a good place to start. The QuickStart Guide has more detailed instructions.
If you don't want to do the DAO and Manager stuff, and you'd rather just dig into WebWork, you can download the files from the first two tutorials and extract them into your project.
For a complete list of changes (so far) in 1.6, see the README.txt in CVS. You can also checkout the following demos:
I'll try to write up a detailed post about my WebWork experience in the next couple of days. In the meantime, let's just say I dig it.