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Dear Spring community,
I'm happy to announce that the next iteration of the core framework will be Spring Framework 4.0!
The current 3.2 generation is a natural conclusion of the 3.x line, with Java-based configuration and REST having been recent focus areas next to Java SE 7 and Servlet 3.0 support.
For Spring Framework 4.0, our focus is on emerging enterprise themes in 2013 and beyond:
Building on the momentum and the preparation work behind Spring Framework 3.2, we intend to have yet another one-year iteration and reach 4.0 GA by the end of 2013.
We'll be tracking OpenJDK 8's schedule closely, delivering a first Spring Framework 4.0 milestone as early as April. Details will follow in further blog posts as we get closer to M1.
Let us know whether you have any particular favorites among the above, specific architectural requirements, plans to adopt upcoming technologies for use with Spring, ...
P.S.: Don't miss our upcoming webinar on Thursday! We'll be presenting recent Spring Framework 3.2 features and will conclude with an outlook for 2013, discussing the Spring Framework 4.0 plan and related work areas.