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After two months of incorporating valuable feedback, it is my pleasure to announce the first Spring 3.0 maintenance release - addressing more than 170 reported issues. Get it from our download page.
Since quite a few users asked for a dependencies distribution (as an alternative to grabbing dependencies via Maven or Ivy), we are providing a third download now: containing an Ivy repository with common third-party jar files. Note that the core framework is separate from the dependencies; the latter are just provided as an additional convenience and do not constitute an inherent part of the framework distribution. You may of course keep using any supported version of the third-party libraries of your choice.
Talking about third-party library versions, Spring 3.0.1 includes support for two important new third-party releases: Tiles 2.2 (with 2.2.1 as the latest release) and Hibernate 3.5 (with 3.5 CR1 as the current release candidate). You may keep using Tiles 2.1 and Hibernate 3.2/3.3, respectively; we are just actively tracking the emerging next generations of those libraries so that you may choose to upgrade whenever you wish. FYI, in line with Spring 3.0's JPA 2.0 support, Hibernate 3.5 is the first Hibernate generation to implement JPA 2.0.
Spring 3.0.1 introduces several core refinements, addressing limitations that were reported against 3.0 GA:
As a bonus, 3.0.1 also introduces an addition to Spring's JSP tag library: The <spring:eval> tag allows for evaluating a SpEL (Spring EL) expression and embedding its result into a JSP page, properly formatted through Spring 3.0's new formatting system. This is basically a Spring variant of JSTL's <c:out>, with <fmt:*> capabilities integrated out of the box. Watch out for up-to-date sample applications, demonstrating the use of Spring 3.0's web feature set - just around the corner!
Quick update (Feb 19th): Due to an accidental breakage in the OSGi manifest, we released a 3.0.1.A update (called "3.0.1.RELEASE-A" for OSGi naming convention reasons). If you are going to use 3.0.1 in an OSGi environment, make sure to use those revised artifacts.
P.S.: A good opportunity to hear about the latest Spring 3 features - and about the latest releases in the overall SpringSource portfolio - is the SpringSource S2G Forum - Munich on March 18th, part of this year's S2G conference series in Europe. See you there!