A very fundamental change in the release train’s dependencies is the upgrade to Spring Framework 4.3 (currently 4.3.6) as the baseline. Other dependency upgrades are mostly driven by major version bumps of the underlying store drivers and implementations that need to be reflected in potential breaking changes to the API exposed by those modules.
Ingalls also ships with a new Spring Data Module: Spring Data LDAP. The Spring LDAP project has shipped Spring Data repository support for quite a while. After a couple of glitches and incompatibilities we decided to move LDAP repository support into a separate Spring Data module so that it is more closely aligned to the release train.
Another big change to the module setup is that Spring Data for Apache Cassandra has now become a core module, which means it now has been and is going to be maintained by the Spring Data team at Pivotal. A great chance to thank the previous core maintainers David Webb and Matthew T. Adams for all their efforts.
Besides those very fundamental changes, the team has been working on a whole bunch of new features:
Use of method handles for property access in conversion subsystem.
Support for XML and JSON based projections for REST payloads (Commons)
Cross-origin resource sharing with Spring Data REST
More MongoDB Aggregation Framework operators for array, arithmetic, date and set operations.
Support for Redis Geo commands.
Upgrade to Cassandra 3.0 with support for query derivation in repository query methods, User-defined types, Java 8 types (Optional, Stream), JSR-310 and ThreeTen Backport.
Support for Javaslang’s
Option, collection and map types for repository query methods.
These are the ones that I would like to discuss in the remainder of this post.