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Spring Framework 1.1.4 Released

We
are pleased to announce that Spring
Framework 1.1.4
has
just
been released. This is a bugfix and minor enhancement release in the
1.1 series.




Among the new
features are:

  • added LazyInitTargetSource, lazily accessing a singleton from a BeanFactory (lazily initializing on first call)
  • added ServiceLocatorFactoryBean, allowing to map custom service locator interface methods to BeanFactory.getBean calls
  • reworked ResourcePatternResolver to extend ResourceLoader, for ResourcePatternResolver checks in ResourceLoaderAware
  • made BindException serializable, provided that the contained target object is serializable
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Spring Framework 1.1.3 Released

We
are pleased to announce that Spring
Framework 1.1.3
has
just
been released. This is a bugfix and minor enhancement release in the
1.1 series; most importantly, JDK 1.3 compatibility is fully restored.

Among the new features in this release are:

        <ul>
          <li>added

"setResourceLoader" method to
GenericApplicationContext, for overriding the default resource loading
strategy

  • added
    FileSystemResourceLoader,
    resolving paths as file system resources rather than as class path
    resources

  • BeanWrapperImpl
    automatically
    registers a default ResourceArrayPropertyEditor
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    Spring Framework 1.1.2 Released

    We
    are pleased to announce that Spring
    Framework 1.1.2 has
    just
    been released. This is a bugfix and minor enhancement release.

     


    Among the new features in this release are

            <ul>
              <li>added
    

    support for multi-dimensional
    collections to BeanWrapperImpl (e.g. "map[myKey][0]" or
    "map[myKey][0].name")

  • added
    "getType(name)" method to
    BeanFactory interface, checking the type of object that "getBean" would
    return

  • added
    "getBeansOfType(type)"
    convenience method to ListableBeanFactory interface, without explicit
    filters
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    Spring Framework 1.1.1 Released

    We
    are pleased to announce that Spring
    Framework 1.1.1
    has
    just
    been released. This is a bugfix and minor enhancement release.

     


    Among the new features in this release are:

            <ul>
              <li>&quot;import&quot;
    

    element for XML bean
    definitions

  • support
    for non-public classes
    and non-public init and destroy methods

  • bean
    factory regards bean
    references for correct destruction order (not requiring "depends-on")

  • bean
    factory detects JDK 1.4
    and Commons Collections for linked/identity map creation

  • factored
    out the
    "publishEvent" method into the ApplicationEventPublisher interface
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    Spring Framework 1.1 Final Released

    We
    are pleased to announce that Spring
    Framework 1.1
    (final)
    has
    just been released.
    Since 1.1 RC2, some API clarifications have happened and a number of
    bugs have been fixed.

    There is also a variety of minor new features:


    • reworked BeanWrapperImpl’s
      property-specific custom
      editor handling to allow registration for uninitialized subpaths

    • added "applyBeanPropertyValues"
      method to
      AutowireCapableBeanFactory, for populating an existing bean instance



    • added "(abstract)" marker for
      properties bean
      definitions respectively "abstract" attribute for XML bean definitions




    • added support for SqlReturnType
      interface which
      allows to return custom types from stored procedures

    • added auto-conversion of
      java.util.Date and
      java.util.Calendar to java.sql.Date/Time/Timestamp for JDBC parameters

    • added support for WebSphere 4 to
      WebSphereNativeJdbcExtractor, autodetecting WebSphere 5 and 4 now



    • added
      WebLogicServerTransactionManagerFactoryBean,
      to be used with WebLogicJtaTransactionManager on WebLogic 7.0

    • added support for direct JTA
      synchronization to
      AbstractLobType, as alternative to Spring transaction synchronization

    • added "flush" method to
      HibernateOperations/HibernateTemplate and JdoOperations/JdoTemplate,
      for eager flushing

    • added
      "getReportQueryIteratorByQuery" method to OJB
      PersistenceBrokerOperations and PersistenceBrokerTemplate



    • deprecated AbstractJndiLocator base
      class in favor
      of new JndiObjectLocator base class with explicit "lookup" method

    • added JndiObjectTargetSource which
      performs a fresh
      JNDI lookup for each call, allowing for hot redeployment in JNDI

    • added "cache" flag to
      JndiDestinationResolver, to
      allow for turning off the caching of Destination objects from JNDI

    • added support for ObjectMessage to
      SimpleMessageConverter, converting between Serializable objects and
      ObjectMessages



    • added RemoteConnectFailureException
      and
      RemoteLookupFailureException as RemoteAccessException subclasses

    • added JndiRmiServiceExporter,
      JndiRmiClientInterceptor, JndiRmiProxyFactoryBean (for RMI-IIOP resp.
      CORBA)

    • added "lookupStubOnStartup",
      "cacheStub" and
      "refreshStubOnConnectFailure" flags to RmiClientInterceptor

    • added "lookupHomeOnStartup" and
      "refreshHomeOnConnectFailure" flags to
      AbstractRemoteSlsbInvokerInterceptor



    • added
      "createMimeMessage(InputStream)" method to
      JavaMailSender, building a MimeMessage from raw MIME content

    • MimeMessageHelper creates
      "multipart/related" now,
      to make mails with inline images compatible with Outlook Express

    • added "validateAddresses" property
      to
      MimeMessageHelper (off by default), delegating to JavaMail 1.3’s
      "validate"



    • added "http10Compatible" flag to
      RedirectView, to be
      turned off for sending HTTP 1.1 status code 303 rather than 302

    • added "buildPdfMetadata" callback
      to
      AbstractPdfView, for adding meta fields like author to the iText PDF
      Document

    • added LookupDispatchActionSupport
      class to Struts
      support, analogous to ActionSupport but for LookupDispatchActions

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    Spring Framework 1.1 Release Candidate 2 Released

    We are pleased to announce that Spring
    Framework 1.1 Release Candidate 2
    is available. This will be the
    last release candidate for 1.1; release 1.1 final can be expected very
    soon.




    Among the new features in this release are:


    • the
      new HTTP invoker remoting
      strategy, which uses Java serialization over HTTP (combining the
      strengths of RMI and Hessian)

    • RemoteInvocationFactory
      and
      RemoteInvocationExecutor strategies for HTTP/RMI invoker, for
      additional invocation context

    • basic
      JSF support in the form of a
      JSF VariableResolver implementation that is aware of Spring-managed
      middle tier beans

    • form
      simplification macros for
      Velocity and FreeMarker, providing HTML input macros etc for easy form
      building

    • DispatcherServlet
      looks for handler
      adapters, handler mappings, exception res., view res. in ancestor
      contexts as well

    • HibernateTransactionManager
      and
      HibernateInterceptor support per-transaction entity interceptor
      instances

    • WebLogicJtaTransactionManager
      which
      can resume a WebLogic JTA transaction even if it was marked
      rollback-only

    • MimeMessageHelper
      provides
      "addInline" methods for adding inline elements with content IDs
      (referenced via "cid:xxx")

    • Errors
      interface provides
      "pushNestedPath"/"popNestedPath" methods, for convenient handling of
      temporary nested paths

    • Spring’s
      Resource objects support a
      "createRelative" operation, for resource paths relative to the given
      one

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    Method Injection

    A couple of months ago, in the days before I had a blog, there was a discussion by Cedric and Bob about “Getter Injection.”

    The basic concept is that the IoC container can override abstract or concrete methods on managed objects on deployment. The container is injecting a method, such as a getter method, rather than a reference or primitive as in Setter Injection. As it happened, I was already working on a container method override mechanism for Spring 1.1, which has since been released in Spring 1.1 RC1. It’s an interesting concept, and definitely part of a complete IoC container. However, I believe that the concept is more general and needs a more general name. Also, that it should only be used in a fairly narrow range of scenarios.

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    Spring Framework 1.1 Release Candidate 1 Released

    The Spring team are happy to announce the first release candidate of
    Spring 1.1
    .





    New features and enhancements in Spring
    1.1 RC1
    include:


    • IoC
      container supports Method
      Injection: the overriding of concrete or abstract methods, typically to
      look up a dependency managed by the container. This means even less
      need to implement Spring-specific interfaces such as BeanFactoryAware.

    • The
      IoC container can now obtain
      objects from static factory methods as well as constructors. This
      enhancement allows excellent AspectJ integration: it is now possible to
      configure AspectJ aspects using Spring Dependency Injection, like any
      object. We plan to provide examples of AspectJ integration before 1.1
      final.

    • Support
      for sending and receiving
      JMS messages

    • Support
      for Apache OJB as an ORM
      alternative, within Spring’s consistent data access abstraction

    • Significantly
      improved JDO support

    • Greater
      flexibility in translating
      SQLExceptions, and other JDBC enhancements

    • Support
      for nested transactions and
      savepoints when working with JDBC. Declarative transaction management
      can support nested transactions.

    • AOP
      proxies are now serializable if
      all Advisors and target are serializable

    • Improved
      Velocity and FreeMarker
      support

    • Reworked
      parent/child bean
      definition concept: a child can now override any inherited settings.
      This can be used to simplify configuration.

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    Spring Framework 1.0.2 Released

    We are pleased to announce the release of Spring
    Framework 1.0.2.



    This release introduces a variety of enhancements throughout the
    framework, plus some minor bugs fixes.

    Among the enhancements in this
    release are:


    • New
      "mock" source tree and
      "spring-mock" jar file, containing JNDI
      and Servlet API mocks for usage in applications 


    • CachedIntrospectionResults
      flushes
      the JavaBeans Introspector cache
      for proper garbage collection on shutdown

    • Added
      ObjectFactory interface and
      ObjectFactoryCreatingFactoryBean,
      for non-intrusive creation of prototype beans

    • AbstractXmlApplicationContext
      uses
      PathMatchingResourcePatternResolver for Ant-style config location
      patterns

    • Added
      support for "xxx*" field
      patterns to BindException’s
      "getFieldErrors" and "getFieldError" methods

    • QuartzJobBean
      applies
      SchedulerContext entries as bean properties,
      just like it also does for JobDataMap entries

    • Added
      UserCredentialsDataSourceAdapter, for transparently appying
      username and password to target DataSource calls

    • Added
      RowMapperResultReader, to be
      used instead of a custom
      RowCallbackHandler when mapping rows to objects

    • Added
      AbstractLobStreamingResultSetExtractor and
      AbstractLobCreatingPreparedStatementCallback

    • Reworked
      "imagedb" sample app, with
      a redesigned implementation of
      the DefaultImageDatabase class

    • iBATIS
      SQL Maps 2.0 integration
      classes support per-SqlMapClient
      DataSource and lazy loading of paginated lists

    • DispatcherServlet
      detects
      ViewResolvers by type to allow for
      ViewResolver chaining (respecting order values)

    • added
      "doSubmitAction" template
      method to SimpleFormController, for
      submit actions without caring about ModelAndView

    • AbstractWizardFormController
      optionally supports "_page" request
      parameter, for proper handling of back button usage

    • Added
      support for
      "person.na*"/"person.address.*"-style field
      patterns to BindTag’s "path" attribute

    • Added
      Struts
      DelegatingRequestProcessor and
      DelegatingTilesRequestProcessor as alternatives to
      DelegatingActionProxy

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    Spring Framework 1.0.1 Released

    We are pleased to announce the release of Spring
    Framework 1.0.1.


    This is a bugfix and minor enhancement release;

    the most
    important fixes and new features are:


    • added
      Struts ActionSupport and
      DispatchActionSupport base classes, for
      easy access to a Spring context

    • added
      Struts ContextLoaderPlugIn and
      DelegatingActionProxy,
      superseding Don Brown’s Spring Struts Plugin

    • reworked
      ComponentControllerSupport
      class for Tiles to be compatible
      with both Struts 1.1 and Struts 1.2

    • fixed
      Hibernate/JTA synchronization
      cleanup in case of Hibernate
      flushing failure on commit

    • added
      support for transaction-scoped
      Hibernate Sessions with plain JTA
      or EJB CMT, without JtaTransactionManager

    • fixed
      JdbcTemplate’s "queryForList"
      to correctly handle a single row
      with a single column as result

    • XmlApplicationContexts
      support file
      patterns as config locations (e.g.
      "/WEB-INF/*-context.xml")

    • SQLErrorCodesFactory
      caches database
      product name to avoid unnecessary
      metadata lookups

    • factored
      out message code resolution
      into MessageCodesResolver
      strategy

    • refined
      internals of the AOP
      framework, for clearer subpackage
      interdependencies

    • refined
      support for array/List/Map
      properties in BeanWrapperImpl

    • refined
      AbstractMessageSource
      internals, for clearer handling of
      fallbacks

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