The new and noteworthy include:
- updated JPA support
- named parameter support for JDBC acces
- refined XML schema namespaces
- auto-proxying for FactoryBean-created objects
- and many other refinements noted in the changelog.
This release also contains numerous fixes for issues discovered since M3. Users of previous milestones are encouraged to update. See the changelog for details on all M4 changes.
With this release we are approaching a feature freeze for the 2.0 production target, with only a few further features and refinements planned for inclusion in 2.0. The next release will be Spring 2.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1), scheduled for May.
We will also release a 1.2.8 maintenance release within a few days, backporting all applicable fixes from 2.0 M4. (This is already available from mbranch-1-2 in CVS, awaiting final tests.)
Enjoy and keep the feedback rolling in,
Lead, Spring Framework Development
Chief Architect, Interface21