Spring Web Flow 2.2.0.M1 Released

Engineering | Rossen Stoyanchev | August 05, 2010 | ...

I'm pleased to announce the first milestone of Spring Web Flow 2.2 is now available for download. The release is also available through the Maven milestone repository at http://maven.springframework.org/milestone. As with Spring Web Flow 2.1, this release requires JDK 1.5, Spring 3 and Spring Security 3.

The main focus of the release is to address the needs of JSF users by extending the list of supported JSF 2 features. Not long ago Web Flow 2.1 made it possible to use JSF 2 dependencies without the need for the separate Sun Facelets jar that is commonly used with JSF 1.2 today.

In Spring Web…

Spring GemFire 1.0.0.M1 released for Java and .NET

Engineering | Costin Leau | August 03, 2010 | ...

I am happy to announce the first milestone release of the Spring GemFire project, the newest member in the Spring family. Spring GemFire (for short SGF) brings the Spring concepts and programming model to GemFire, SpringSource's distributed data management platform. The release is available for both Java and .NET.

The features in 1.0.0.M1 include:

  • declarative dependency injection style configurations for the GemFire infrastructure (such as Cache, Region, Interest, etc)
  • exception translation to Spring's portable DataAccess exception hierarchy
  • Template and callback support for easy native API access
  • transaction management support
  • Spring-backed wiring for GemFire managed objects
  • auto-generation of non-reflection based Instantiators
Note that some of these features are currently available only in the Java version.
Through SGF, Spring users should feel right at home when interacting with GemFire while developers familiar with GemFire will see the benefits and flexibility of the Spring container, its powerful AOP integration, and versatile service abstractions. But don't take my word for it - download the project and take the sample application for a spin. It's a console based 'shell' which allows for ad-hoc interaction with the data grid; one can start and stop nodes and see the information shared transparently between multiple clients.

We look forward to your feedback!

Spring Security in Google App Engine

Engineering | Luke Taylor | August 02, 2010 | ...

Spring Security is well-known for being highly customizable, so for my first attempt at working with Google App Engine, I decided to create a simple application which would explore the use of GAE features by implementing some core Spring Security interfaces. In this article we'll see how to:

  • Authenticate using Google Accounts.
  • Implement "on-demand" authentication when a user accesses a secured resource.
  • Supplement the information from Google Accounts with application-specific roles.
  • Store user account data in an App Engine datastore using the native API.
  • Setup access-control restrictions based on the roles assigned to users.
  • Disable the accounts of specific users to prevent access.

You should already be familiar with deploying applications to GAE. It doesn't take long to get a basic application up and running and you'll find lots of guidance on this on the GAE website.

Sample Application

The application is very simple and is built using Spring MVC. There is a welcome page deployed at the application root, and you can progress to a "home page", but only after authenticating and registering with the application. You can try out a version deployed in GAE here.

The registered users are stored as GAE datastore entities. On first authenticating, new users are redirected to a…

GORM Gotchas (Part 3)

Engineering | Peter Ledbrook | July 28, 2010 | ...

It's great to hear that people are finding these articles useful, so it's with great pleasure that I add another to the series. This time I'm going to talk about associations again, but with the focus on when they are loaded into memory.

Update 2 Aug 2010 I have added more information on eager fetching with one-to-many relationships because there are some issues you need to be aware of.

It's cool to be lazy

One of the first things people learn about GORM relationships is that they are loaded lazily by default. In other words, when you fetch a domain instance from the database, none of its relations will be loaded…

Spring MVC 3 Showcase

Engineering | Keith Donald | July 22, 2010 | ...

Since the big Spring 3 release last year, I've been working on a number of application development projects and extracting "showcases" of various framework features. These "showcases" are not reference applications or tutorials, they're more like acceptance tests for specific framework capabilities. After seeing a showcase, you should have a good idea of what the technology can do.

The first showcase I've put together is for Spring MVC 3, our web framework. It includes a sample project, along with a supporting slide presentation and screencast. After digging in, you should have a good…

Grails tooling improvements in SpringSource Tool Suite 2.3.3 M2

Engineering | Andy Clement | July 19, 2010 | ...

The recently released STS 2.3.3 M2 introduced a series of enhancements to our Grails support for Eclipse. In this article I'll be discussing what you can expect to find if you try it out (grab it here: SpringSource Tool Suite).


The grails tools actually build on and extend the Groovy-Eclipse support, which is developed by the same team at SpringSource. Earlier this year the Groovy-Eclipse tools won 'Best Open Source Developer Productivity Tool' at Eclipse-Con 2010. You can read more about the latest enhancements in the recent Groovy-Eclipse 2.0.2 release here: New and Noteworthy. I'm not going to focus on Groovy-Eclipse here, but some highlights from that release were:
  • refactoring support: now supporting extract method, extract constant, extract local variable
  • improvements in code formatting and indentation
Now, onto Grails!

Getting a new perspective

There is now a new Grails perspective to better organize the views and widgets we have been adding to STS. You can open the perspective in the normal way (Window>OpenPerspective>Grails). In the new perspective the first thing to notice is that the Eclipse project explorer is open, rather than the package explorer. The project explorer is using a custom content provider that shows a view of a grails project that should be more familiar to a grails developer:
Grails Perspective
New labels and icons are in place for the groups of similar entities: domain objects, controllers, views, etc. However the biggest change is the new plugins folder. Previously when working with a grails project the plugin dependencies were tricky to see in the UI, being hidden in the classpath container and via some Eclipse linked source folder entries. Now in the project explorer it is much more obvious what the application dependencies are.

Also, related to plugins, we have a new Grails Plugin Project wizard. This is very similar to the Grails Project Wizard, but instead of running create-app, it will cause the create-plugin command to run. With this new wizard and the new support we have for local (inplace) plugins, it is much easier to develop your application following a plugin oriented architecture…

Spring Roo 1.1.0.M2 Released

Engineering | Ben Alex | July 16, 2010 | ...

I'm pleased to announce we've just released Spring Roo 1.1.0.M2 (download here). We've also concurrently released SpringSource Tool Suite 2.3.3.M2, which offers the latest integration with this new Spring Roo release. For production use we recommend you continue to use Spring Roo 1.0.2, although we know a very large number of people are happily using the Roo 1.1.0 development releases as well.

What's New?

So, what's included in the new Spring Roo 1.1.0 Milestone 2? Well, there's 140 fixes, improvements and enhancements since Milestone 1. Some of the highlights include:

More Add-On Discovery and Management Features

Spring Roo 1.1.0.M2 also features…

Introducing the Flex Addon for Spring Roo

Engineering | Jeremy Grelle | July 14, 2010 | ...

Recently we released the first milestone of the Flex Addon for Spring Roo as a part of the Spring BlazeDS Integration 1.5.0.M1 distribution. This addon aims to bring the productivity and usability benefits of Spring Roo to the development of Spring-based RIAs with Flex. The below 15 minute screencast (split into two parts) serves as a quick introduction to the addon and its capabilities. Watch as we go from installation of the addon to a fully functional Flex application backed by Spring in just a handful of commands.

Part 1 walks through the initial download and installation of the addon, as well as initial setup of a Spring Flex project using the Spring Roo integration in SpringSource Tool Suite.

Part 2 demonstrates use of the "flex remoting" commands to generate and update Flex UI scaffolding backed by Spring and Hibernate.

5x startup performance boost in Virgo milestone M02

Engineering | Glyn Normington | July 08, 2010 | ...

Virgo 2.1.0.M02-incubator is available for download. Apart from completing the "getting started guide", this milestone dramatically reduces startup time - by as much as 5x on some systems.

This should be a further incentive for users of dm Server to migrate to Virgo: Virgo is the codebase for future development, has more liberal licensing, and now provides much faster startup.


We measured elapsed time for a warm startup (i.e. without -clean) of the Virgo web server and compared milestone M02 to M01.

On a quad-core Intel Xeon 2.66 GHz machine, startup reduced from 68 to 12 seconds, an…

GORM Gotchas (Part 2)

Engineering | Peter Ledbrook | July 02, 2010 | ...

In part 1 of this series, I introduced you to some of the subtleties associated with persisting domain instances with GORM. This time, I'm going to tackle relationships with particular focus on hasMany and belongsTo.

GORM provides only a few basic elements for defining relationships between domain classes, but they are sufficient to describe most needs. When I give training courses on Grails, it always surprises me how few slides cover relationships. As you can imagine, this apparent simplicity does hide some subtle behaviour that can trip up the unwary. Let's start with the most basic of…

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