This Week in Spring, October 18th, 2011

Engineering | Josh Long | October 19, 2011 | ...

What a week! If you're an enterprise Java developer, then you've no doubt heard the news - Spring 3.1 RC1 has just been released! Read on for more details and be sure to sound off on the forums if you have questions or feedback!

And, of course, if you're at SpringOne2GX 2011 next week, you can look forward to hearing a lot more on Spring 3.1 as well as the latest and greatest from all the Spring technologies. We look forward to seeing you all there!


  1. Spring 3.1.0.RC1 was released last week! And so begins the march to Spring 3.1 GA. Chris Beams kicked things off with this announcement. Then, Juergen Hoeller, Spring project lead, followed up with this blog post detailing the new features. The first release candidate of Spring 3.1 is now available from the Spring milestone repository or for direct download via community download page. This release includes new features such as:
    Support for Hibernate 4.0 (up to date with 4.0 CR4), 
    Complete <CODE>TestContext</CODE> framework support for <CODE>@Configuration</CODE> classes,
    Flash scope for Spring MVC, 
    Support for Quartz 2.0,  
    77 bug fixes, 16 new features, and 66 improvements. Wow! To learn more about what's new in Spring 3.1, be sure to <a href="">check out this document.</a>
      Martin Lippert today announced the <a  href="">release of SpringSource…

Upgrading Maven integration for SpringSource Tool Suite 2.8.0

Engineering | Andrew Eisenberg | October 18, 2011 | ...

UPDATE, Nov 23: We have released STS 2.8.1, that fixes many of the install/uninstall of m2eclipse issues that people were having. Read the release announcement. Now, it is possible to upgrade/downgrade m2eclipse easily. STS 2.8.1 fully supports both versions of m2eclipse.

Today, we released version 2.8.0 of the SpringSource Tool Suite. Along with an update to Eclipse Indigo SR1 (which brings you full IDE support for Java7), we also updated the Maven integration from the old and unmaintained m2eclipse versions 0.12.x to the latest version m2e 1.0 – which is now shipping as part of the…

SpringSource Tool Suite 2.8.0 Released

Releases | Martin Lippert | October 18, 2011 | ...

Dear Spring Community,


We're pleased to announce the new release 2.8.0 of the SpringSource Tool Suite (STS). Some highlights from this release:

  • ships on top of Eclipse Indigo SR1
  • includes full IDE support for Java 7 (coming with the Eclipse 3.7.1 update)
  • support for Spring 3.1 bean profiles, including validation and navigation
  • support for Spring 3.1 c-namespace including quick-fixes, validation and content-assist
  • improved constructor-arg validation and quick-fixes
  • updated Eclipse Maven integration (m2e 1.0.100), including migration assistance
  • support for Groovy 1.8.2
  • support for Grails 2.0.0.M2

More details on new features and bug fixes can be found in the New and Noteworthy document. Detailed installation instructions are also available. As always downloads are available from the STS download page.


If you wanna upgrade an existing STS installation, please also take a look at this blog post on how to upgrade the m2e support properly.

Spring Data JDBC Extensions with Oracle Database Support 1.0.0.RC1 Released

Releases | Thomas Risberg | October 18, 2011 | ...

Dear Spring Community, We are pleased to announce that the release candidate (1.0.0.RC1) of the Spring Data JDBC Extensions 1.0 project with Oracle Database support is now available!

The new Spring Data JDBC Extensions project was created to provide additional support for vendor specific JDBC extensions as well as new approaches to working with JDBC like QueryDSL. The bulk of the support is made up of code ported from the SpringSource project "Advanced Pack for Oracle Database" that was available for support subscription customers. We are now making this code available to all Spring users and any new developments will be made in the Spring Data JDBC Extensions project.

Downloads | JavaDocs | Reference Documentation | Changelog

To learn more about the project, visit the Spring Data JDBC Extensions Homepage.

The improvements in Spring Data JDBC Extensions 1.0.0.RC1 include:

  • Added documentation chapter for QueryDSL SQL module
  • Added OSGi manifests
  • Fixed slf4j/log4j and other dependencies

I'd like to thank Andrei Stefan for the JPetStore re-write using the QueryDSL support and SQLFire. It provides a good example for using the QueryDslJdbcTemplate in a project - see

Looking forward to your feedback on the forum or in the issue tracker.

Using Cloud Foundry Services with Spring: Part 1 - The Basics

Engineering | Ramnivas Laddad | October 13, 2011 | ...

Services offered in Cloud Foundry make writing efficient and effective applications possible. Developers can now choose just the right kind of services without worrying about operating those services. For example, a portion of an application can choose Postgres for the parts where transactional access is crucial, MongoDB where interacting with data as a collection of documents makes sense, Redis where key-value is the right abstraction, and RabbitMQ where messaging helps create effective architecture. In this four-part blog series, we will explore how Spring applications can use Cloud Foundry…

Spring Framework 3.1 RC1 released

Engineering | Juergen Hoeller | October 12, 2011 | ...

It is my pleasure to announce that the first Spring Framework 3.1 release candidate has - finally - been released this week! We have been working on this release for several months, completing our milestone work and recently adding support for Java SE 7 and for Hibernate 4.0 to the feature list.

Spring Framework 3.1 RC1 completes the 3.1 feature set:

  • The environment abstraction and the environment profile mechanism for bean definitions.

  • Comprehensive Java-based application configuration based on @Enable* annotations on @Configuration classes.

  • An overhaul of the TestContext framework with first-class support for @Configuration classes and for environment profiles.

  • Our new "c:" namespace for conveniently specifying constructor arguments by name in a concise inline style.

  • The cache abstraction with our declarative caching solution (@Cacheable etc) on top.

  • The Servlet 3.0 based WebApplicationInitializer mechanism for bootstrapping a Spring web application without web.xml!

Video: An Introduction To Spring Social

News | Adam Fitzgerald | October 04, 2011 | ...

Spring Social is an extension of the Spring Framework that enables applications to connect with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers such as Facebook and Twitter and interact with those services on behalf of their users. This presentations by Craig Walls introduces Spring Social essentials such as connecting to service providers and using Spring Social's API bindings. Craig also describes how to add provider-based sign in and how to extend Spring Social's service provider support.

Be sure to thumbs up the presentation if you find it useful and subscribe to the SpringSourceDev channel to receive updates about all the latest presentation recordings and screencasts.

Rapid Cloud Foundry Deployments with Maven

Engineering | Gunnar Hillert | September 22, 2011 | ...

Apache Maven is a very popular choice in the Java community for building and deploying applications.  The Cloud Foundry team has released the Cloud Foundry Maven Plugin to integrate with applications’ development lifecycle, including deployment to the cloud.  The same Maven plugin can be used to manage application pushes and updates to any Cloud Foundry instance.

One of Cloud Foundry’s main promises is to make your life as a developer a whole lot easier without limiting available choices. Cloud Foundry not only supports a plethora of languages (Java, Groovy, Scala, Ruby etc.) and frameworks (Spring, Grails, Rails, Sinatra, Lift etc.) but it also allows you to deploy your applications to different environments. This includes public clouds, such as and AppFog.compartner-provided cloud offerings, single VM Micro Cloud Foundry

This Week in Spring, September 20th, 2011

Engineering | Josh Long | September 20, 2011 | ...

Welcome back to another installment of "This Week in Spring." We've got a lot of content this week surrounding Spring Roo, and so, in that spirit, I move that we christen today Rooday, in honor of all the great Roo-related content in this week's roundup.

Things are kicking into over drive at SpringSource as everybody's preparing for SpringOne. This year's show is an exciting one because it'll be the first year where CloudFoundry will be present, which means that there will be lots of content around CloudFoundry and Spring, together, working as an unbeatable combination. I can't wait!

  1. InfoQ did an interview with Spring Social lead Craig Walls on the just-released Spring Social 1.0. Fascinating read! Once the interview has whetted your appetite, be sure to try the Spring Social quickstart.

    Spring Social got some great coverage elsewhere, too, including this post from on the new 1.0 release.

  2.  <LI> <a href = "">SpringSource Tool Suite 2.7.2 has been released.</a>  The new release features 
    	 support for vFabric tc Server 2.6,
    	support for Spring Roo 1.2.0.M1, and also updates  Mylyn to 3.6.2. Great stuff!
    	<a href = "">Spring Roo 1.2.M1 released. 	</a>
    	The new release is a <EM>really</EM> exciting one.  There are some exciting <em>backoffice</em…

SpringSource at JavaOne 2011

Releases | Adam Fitzgerald | September 19, 2011 | ...

Are you heading to JavaOne 2011? If you are, we invite all Spring, Groovy and Grails community members to stop by the SpringSource booth (number 5402) to chat with the Spring engineers and see the latest innovations in Spring, Grails and Cloud Foundry. The exhibit space is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, roughly 10am-5pm, so there should be plenty of time to get your questions answered.

SpringSource technologists are also presenting a lot of sessions as well so be sure to add the following talks to your session builder and reserve a seat:

  • Java Workloads in the Cloud (24701) - Scott Andrews and Ramnivas Laddad
  • Simplify Your JMS Code With Spring (22585) - Bruce Snyder
  • Caching and Data Grids Patterns and Tips (22500) - Costin Leau
  • Building Cloud-Ready Systems with Modern Open Technologies (17381) - Oleg Zhurakousky
  • Fewer Hoops with Hadoop and Spring (22501) - Costin Leau
  • Java Enterprise Applications in the Cloud: Fast, Fun and Easier than Ever (22120) - Stefan Schmidt & Gordon Dickens
  • What's New in Groovy 1.8 (23940) - Guillaume Laforge
  • What's New in Grails 1.4 (24262) - Graeme Rocher
  • Polyglot Persistence in the Cloud with Grails and Java EE (24280) - Graeme Rocher

Of course, if you are dedicated member of the Spring community, then SpringOne 2GX 2011 in Chicago is really the event for you. We are just one month away so be sure to register now

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