Welcome back to another, very special holiday, and end-of-year installment of This Week in Spring!
If you’ve been a follower of this roundup, then you know that 2012’s been a very exciting year for Spring!
Let’s look at some of the highlights, first, before we get to our weekly roundup:
- Springing Forward Of course, this year saw the release of Spring 3.2, released a year exactly from the release of Spring 3.1, packed with new features and helping Spring retain its position as the premiere platform for building web applications. This year also saw many major improvements
and iterations in the other Spring projects like Spring Integration 2.2.0 GA, Spring Data
- The Cloud
Spring works very well on all cloud platforms, owing to the natural decoupling from the underlying platform that
dependency injection provides, but it has always - and continues - to enjoy a special place in the sun on Cloud Foundry, the open source PaaS. And, what a year it’s been for Cloud Foundry! We’ve seen ecosystem partners like App Fog take the Cloud Foundry bits and run with them. We’ve seen the support for Spring applications on Cloud Foundry improve considerably with new features like standalone processes, and much more.
- The RESTful Web If you ask me, the most exciting part of this year was watching Spring’s web support improve. If you’re looking to build a web application (including in a Servlet 3 environment) or expose RESTful API endpoints, Spring MVC is the natural choice. If you want secure those RESTful endpoints,
Spring Security OAuth is an easy to use binding that supports OAuth on top of REST. Need to connect to social service providers like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and GitHub via OAuth? Use Spring Social. Want to support the principles of HATEOAS in your RESTful endpoints? Check out Spring HATEOAS. Do you want to transparently and easily expose Spring Data repositories for use as RESTful endpoints? You need look no further than Spring Data REST.
There are no richer, more comprehensive or more integrated set of solutions for building rich, RESTful web applications than those that Spring provides today.
- Git’ing Involved This year, in particular, saw community interaction
in the Spring open source projects skyrocket, now that all of the projects are all fully on GitHub.com/SpringSource. Spring and the other projects have always been open source, but the collaboration model that Git enables has made it very easy for projects like
Spring Social, Spring Integration, and Spring Data to thrive on community input and contributions.
- Extending the reach of SpringSource’s content We’ve been working hard to bring great content on all things SpringSource to all the developers, and have expanded
a lot this year. For instance, besides publishing content here on SpringSource.org, did you know
that you can find SpringSource on @SpringSource on Twitter,
+SpringFramework on Google+,
on the YouTube SpringSourceDev channel and (this is particularly useful for the many fans in China) on SpringFramework on SINA Weibo? Additionally, if you like this roundup, be sure to bookmark the This Week in Spring aggregate page.