This Week in Spring, February 21st, 2012

Engineering | Josh Long | February 22, 2012 | ...

Wow! Another week's come and gone, and, as usual, a lot of great content's been created for the community, and often by the community. Let's get to it!

	<LI> First, the big news: <a href ="">Spring Framework 3.1.1's Been Released</A>!  
	   The first maintenance release in the Spring 3.1.x line is now available via Maven Central, the <a href="">SpringSource repository</a>, or for direct download from our <a target="_blank" href=";version=3.1.1.RELEASE">community download page</a>.  This release includes many <a href="…

This Week in Spring: February 14th, 2012

Engineering | Adam Fitzgerald | February 14, 2012 | ...

Welcome to another installment of This Week in Spring. Lot's of good content to go over, this week, so let's get to it.

Also: if you're in Stockholm, Sweden attending the JFokus Java conference, be sure to stop by the VMWare booth to say hi or have your questions answered about Spring, Cloud Foundry, and vFabric.

  1. Alan Stewart has announced the release of Spring Roo 1.2.1, which includes fixes for multi-module Maven projects, huge performance enhancements, and updated support for PrimeFaces 3.1 and Google App Engine 1.6.2.
    <LI> Oliver Gierke has announced that <a href = "">JPA 1.1.0 RC1 and 1.0.3 GA have been released</a>. Among the many new features, the release includes support for locking, 
    	 <code>@IdClass</code> in entities,
    	Support for <code>LessThanEqual</code> and  <code>GreaterThanEquals</code>, <code>True</code>/<code>False</code> keywords in query methods…

Spring Roo 1.2.1.RELEASE available

Engineering | Alan Stewart | February 11, 2012 | ...

The Spring Roo team is pleased to announce the availability 1.2.1.RELEASE.  This is the first maintenance release for 1.2 and includes fixes for a number of issues in multi-module Maven support and JSF/PrimeFaces.  It also has  performance enhancements and has been updated to support the recent release of PrimeFaces 3.1 and Google App Engine 1.6.2.

Please note that to keep the distribution size small we have not included the reference documentation in the zip for this and future releases. The documentation, as always,  can be found on the Spring Roo site.



Spring Roo Project Lead

This Week in Spring, February 7th, 2012

Engineering | Josh Long | February 08, 2012 | ...

Welcome to another installment of This Week in Spring . As usual, a lot to look at, so let's get to it.

    <LI> The <a href="" target="_blank">1.0.0.RC1 version of Spring Mobile</a> has just been released. Spring Mobile provides an integration API that makes it easier for Spring MVC applications to build mobile client-specific applications.
    <LI> Chris Richardson&#39;s talk, <a href="" target="_blank"><EM>Polyglot Persistence for Java Developers</EM></a>, has just been released. This is another great talk from SpringOne2GX, and  a good watch for anybody who wants a look at how to exploit…

This Week in Spring, January 31, 2012

Engineering | Josh Long | January 31, 2012 | ...

Welcome back to another installment of This Week in Spring.

 Seems like we were just staring down the holiday season a minute ago, doesn't it? Here we are a month on into the new year, already. Time sure does fly. 

We've got lots of exciting new content, and a lot of it is either videos or full texts that you can read, be sure to skim through this roundup and then find yourself a nice cozy chair to absorb the rest of it and enjoy!

  1. Spring.NET Social 1.0.0 Has Been Released! Hot on the heels of Spring Social 1.0 (for Java)'s release late last year, Spring.NET Social 1.0.0 has been released with the foundation API as well as API implementations for Dropbox, LinkedIn and Twitter.
  2. <LI>Speaking of Spring Social, <A href = "">Craig Walls</a>' SpringOne2GX talk,  <a href ="">The Rise of OAuth</A>,
    	 is now…

Spring Framework & BIRT

Engineering | Josh Long | January 30, 2012 | ...

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.

Developers use BIRT to build and deploy reports in a Java/Java EE environment. In BIRT 3.7, a new POJO-based runtime environment is available that makes deployment of the BIRT engine much simpler. This article discusses several BIRT integration scenarios that use components from the Spring Framework.

Figure 1 – BIRT Collage

The BIRT project includes the following key components:

  • BIRT Designer - The developer tool used to design reports.
  • Web Viewer - A sample Java web application used to deploy reports. This viewer contains a JSP-tag library that facilitates integration with existing web applications.
  • BIRT Engines - The Design and Report engines used to construct, run, and render a BIRT report.
  • BIRT Charts - A package that supports building and running highly sophisticated interactive charts.

The Spring framework is a popular collection of architectural and implementation approaches that makes enterprise Java development easier. Core parts of this framework are Dependency Injection and…

This Week in Spring, January 24th, 2012

Engineering | Josh Long | January 25, 2012 | ...

Welcome to another installment of This Week in Spring .

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 

the Spring 3.1 webinar's recording on the SpringSource YouTube page

This Week in Spring, January 17th, 2012

Engineering | Josh Long | January 17, 2012 | ...

Welcome to another installment of This Week in Spring. We've got a lot of good content to look at this week, so let's get on with it.

  1. Pssst. What are you guys doing this Thursday, the 19th? If you haven't already, may I suggest you register for the Spring 3.1 webinar with Juergen Hoeller and Chris Beams?
    		If you're in Europe,  there's going to be a  webinar  at <a href = "">3PM GMT, or 4PM CEST</a>, and if you're in North America, there's going to be a webinar at <a href = "">1PM EST or 10AM PST</a>. 
    		 Don't be left out, this event's already seen the highest registration of any webinar thus far, so register now, and as usual, I hope to see you there. 
    	<LI> Another session from SpringOne2GX, on <a href = "…

This Week in Spring, January 10th, 2012

Engineering | Josh Long | January 11, 2012 | ...

 Welcome back to another installment of <EM>This Week in Spring</EM>! 
There's a lot to cover, so let's dive into it! 
	<LI>  Always eager to help ring in the new year properly, Mark Fisher announced the <a href  = "">Spring Integration 2.1 GA</a> yesterday.   
		 The new release has <EM>everything</EM>, and then some! It features new or revised support for a broad spectrum of technologies including AMQP, JDBC, GemFire, MongoDB, Redis, and much, much more. 
		<LI>Andy Clement and Martin Lippert's <a…

Spring Integration 2.1 is now GA

Engineering | Mark Fisher | January 09, 2012 | ...

Spring Integration 2.1 has been released! You can download it here or configure your Maven POM. This version is the result of more than one full year of work, and the team has resolved hundreds of issues since Spring Integration 2.0 was released. Interestingly, it has been 4 years and a few days since the very first public release of Spring Integration (0.5, released on Jan 3rd 2008). In this post, I simply want to provide a quick overview of the main new features of 2.1.

RabbitMQ/AMQP support

In the 'spring-integration-amqp' module, we have Channel Adapters for one-way messaging as well as Gateways for request/reply. The adapters and gateways can be used for inbound and/or outbound integration with a RabbitMQ broker. We also have AMQP-backed Message Channel implementations - both point-to-point and publish/subscribe - that can be used anywhere in the middle of a flow. For more information, see this section

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