To support friendly URLs in Lucee Express’ Tomcat you would need to add the Tuckey URL Rewrite filter. There is a thread on the old farcry-dev Google group but at the time that implementation was for Railo Express and Jetty. Otherwise you would need to put a webserver or proxy in front of Tomcat. I generally always have a web server + Tomcat for development because that's how the apps will run in production, and I reserve Lucee Express for situations where I only want to test something without caring about how it might work in production.
These days our recommend development environment is Docker based, because we can go from development through to stage to production with very little effort and with the entire stack configured consistently across each environment. We use the standard Docker Toolbox tools (docker, docker-machine, docker-compose, VirtualBox, Git Bash), plus a custom tool called
One you have this tool chain you can spin up a new Docker VM with
docker-workbench create in under 5 minutes, run a
git clone ... to check out an existing project, then
docker-compose up to run the application. It’s a cross platform approach and really does save time
You can see an example project here which uses Lucee and nginx (with friendly URL support) and a H2 database: