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Welcome back to another installment of "This Week in Spring." Today saw a new sunrise, and - more importantly - the release of vSphere 5, the next step in cloud infrastructure!
My head's still buzzing after the excitement that accompanied this morning's launch.
This - and the recent release of vFabric 5 - represent the next stage in cloud innovation, and a huge part of taking your applications to production, and to the cloud, with Spring.
<LI>O'Reilly has published a fantastic roundup on the <a href = "http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/07/7-java-projects.html">seven Java projects that <EM>changed the world</EM></a>! The list includes <B>JUnit</b>, <b>Eclipse</b>, <B>Solr</b>, <b>Hudson and Jenkins</b>, <b>Hadoop</b>, <b>Android,</b> and your favorite enterprise Java framework and mine, the <b style = "color: green;">Spring Framework</b>. </li> <LI> Martin Lippert has announced a <a href="http://www.springsource.org/node/3174">new release of SpringSource Tool Suite, version 2.7.1</a>, hot on the heels of the recent 2.7 release. The update provides: support for Spring Roo 1.1.5, ships with Spring Roo 1.1.5, and customizable Roo Shell colors. More details on new features and bug fixes can be found in the <A HREF="http://download.springsource.com/release/STS/doc/STS-new_and_noteworthy-2.7.1.RELEASE.pdf">New and Noteworthy</a> document. Detailed <A href="http://download.springsource.com/release/STS/doc/STS-installation_instructions-2.7.1.RELEASE.pdf">installation instructions</a> are also available. As always downloads are available from the <A href="http://www.springsource.com/landing/best-development-tool-enterprise-java">STS download page.</a> </lI> <LI> Gordon Dickens has <a href="http://gordondickens.com/wordpress/2011/07/06/springsource-tool-suite-eclipse-for-spring-developers/">a great look at some of the cool places</a> to start poking around in <A HREF="http://www.springsource.com/developer/sts"> SpringSource Tool Suite 2.7.x</a> on your first flight. Gordon, as you know if you read last week's column, is the author of <a href="http://refcardz.dzone.com/refcardz/eclipse-tools-spring">the DZone RefCard for SpringSource Tool Suite</a>.
<LI> Martin Lippert announced that the latest version of the <a href="http://www.springsource.org/node/3175">SpringSource Tool Suite and CloudFoundry Integration</a>, version 2.7.0.M3, has been released. This is the latest release of the integration initially announced and explained on <a href="http://blog.springsource.com/2011/04/13/using-cloud-foundry-from-sts/">this blog.</a> </li> <li> If you were unable to attend the recent <a href="http://www.springsource.org/s2gforum2011">S2G Forums</a> in London and Amsterdam, you can catch up on some of the session content because the presentations have now been <a href="http://www.springsource.org/S2GForum2011slides">posted on line</a>. In particular, you can review the slides presented in Rod Johnson's keynote: <a href="http://portal.sliderocket.com/ASXNF/S2GForum2011_Keynote_RodJohnson">What can the cloud do for me?</a> Of course there will be more fantastic content at <a href="http://springone2gx.com/conference/chicago/2011/10/home">SpringOne 2GX 2011</a>, October 25-28th in Chicago. Be sure to <a href="http://springone2gx.com/conference/chicago/2011/10/register">register early</a>. </li> <LI> This blog post does a great job illustrating <A Href="http://java.dzone.com/articles/embedded-tomcat-minimal">how to embed Apache Tomcat 7</a>. Cool stuff! </li> <LI> VMware's knowledge base has <EM>so much</eM> knowledge, so much wisdom, that scarcely the largest, and most scalable Not-Only-SQL solution can contain it. One of the many gems contained in this knowledge base? A recently added post <em><a href="http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=2001172">on converting EJB applications to Spring</a></em>, which references the very <a href="http://www.tomcatexpert.com/presentation/case-study-slides-migrating-hyperic-ejb-spring-jboss-apache-tomcat">successful Hyperic case-study.</a> Check it out if you're looking for insight from the professionals on how to forge from the bloated, boilerplate ridden code of a typical EJB application a clean, scalable Spring solution grounded in best practices. </li>