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Dear Spring community,
It's my pleasure to announce that the first Spring Framework 4.1 release candidate is available now. Our 4.1 delivers a wide range of new features along the following themes:
Annotated JMS listener methods and support for JMS 2.0's shared subscriptions
As well as general alignment of Spring's JMS support with our spring-messaging module. https://spring.io/blog/2014/04/30/spring-4-1-s-upcoming-jms-improvements
Comprehensive support for JCache (JSR-107) annotations and related features
A compiler mode for the Spring Expression Language (SpEL)
SpEL allows for selective compilation of hotspot expressions into Java bytecode at runtime. Set the "spring.expression.compiler.mode" property to "immediate" or "mixed" and see...
Flexible resolution and transformation of static web resources
See the package javadocs of org.springframework.web.servlet.resource for an initial overview. Stay tuned for further coverage later this week...
Web MVC support for Groovy markup templates
A Spring MVC View implementation based on http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/GROOVY-6596. Further coverage to follow...
And many refinements in other areas, for example:
Please give 4.1 RC1 a try! Explore the new features or do some regression testing - we'd like to know how it goes. RC2 is then planned for mid August; GA for the first week of September.