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This Week in Spring, January 31, 2012

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Spring Framework & BIRT

By Jason Weathersby and Josh Long


Eclipse’s Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) project is an open-source project based on the popular Eclipse IDE. The BIRT project had its first major release in the summer of 2005 and has garnered over ten million downloads since its inception. The project was started by Actuate Corporation which uses BIRT as the basis for many of its commercial products. The BIRT project’s site includes an introduction, tutorials, downloads, and examples of using BIRT.

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Spring.NET Social 1.0.0

Dear Spring Community,

We are pleased to announce that Spring.NET Social 1.0.0 (as well as adapters for the Dropbox API and the Twitter API) is now available (and LinkedIn API support is in progress!).

Spring Social is an extension of the Spring Framework that helps you connect your applications with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers such as Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, and more! It offers an extensible service provider framework (including support for OAuth1 and OAuth2) that greatly simplifies the process of connecting local user accounts to hosted provider accounts.

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This Week in Spring, January 24th, 2012

  Welcome to another installment of <EM>This Week in Spring </EM>.

We are already almost done with January (which, honestly, shocks me. Where <EM>does</EM> the time go?)
    <LI> Did you guys see last week's webinar introducing Spring 3.1 with Spring project lead, and VMWare/SpringSource Principal Engineer, Juergen Hoeller?  
       Last week's webinar was <EM>very</EM> well-attended, and represents the best turnout yet, by far, for all of the SpringSource webinars. So, thanks to all those who came, and, to the handful of people on earth that couldn't make it, don't worry! You can watch 
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Modern Enterprise Java Architectures with Spring 3.1

In this video Juergen Hoeller, SpringSource Principal Engineer for the Spring Framework gives a guided tour of the newest features in the Spring 3.1 release. Juergen introduces Spring's new capabilities, including the environment abstraction, profiles, the updated Spring MVC framework, Hibernate 4 and Quartz 2 support, and much, much more.

Be sure to thumbs up the presentation if you find it useful and subscribe to the SpringSourceDev channel to receive updates about all the latest presentation recordings and screencasts.

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SpringSource Tool Suite 2.9.0.M2 released

Dear Spring Community,

I’m pleased to announce that we just released the second milestone build for the next release of the SpringSource Tool Suite (STS).

Highlights from this milestone towards 2.9.0:

  • General - update to tc Server 2.6.3

  • Spring - update to Spring Roo 1.2.0

  • Spring - support for new Spring Roo packaging options

  • Grails - Grails 2.0.0 is now the default version installed from the extensions page

  • Groovy - Groovy 1.8 is now the default version installed from the extensions page

  • Gradle - initial Gradle editing support (more to follow)

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