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Introduction To Spring Roo Screencast

After our mad dash to the final release of Spring Roo 1.0.0 on New Year’s Eve, many users have asked for an introductory screencast.


In this 5 minute screencast you will see how to:


  • Develop a simple “contact manager application” using the Roo shell

  • Import and edit the project our free IDE, SpringSource Tool Suite (STS)

  • Run the Roo-provided integration tests in STS

  • Modify the application and understand ITD round-trip support

  • Deploy to your IDE’s web container

  • Use the scaffolded web user interface

  • “Push-in refactor” to move source code between Java source files and ITDs

  • Remove Roo from the project

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Groovy-Eclipse 2.0.0 Released

At the start of May 2009 we announced we were working on a new approach to joint compilation for mixed Java/Groovy projects in Eclipse. We are pleased to now announce the final release of Groovy-Eclipse v2.0.0, based on that new technology. During the months of development we have rebased (and almost entirely rewritten) version 1 of the Groovy-Eclipse plugin, with the goal of offering first class Groovy support in the Eclipse IDE, comparable to the experience Java developers have in Eclipse.

The most important new features that Groovy-Eclipse 2.0.0 provides are:

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dm Server 2.0.0 released

As Adrian mentioned, today is the day for dm Server 2.0 and I’m delighted to announce that dm Server 2.0 is now available. Thank you for all of the feedback that we’ve had during the development of 2.0, it’s helped to shape it into what we believe is a big step forward for enterprise OSGi. We’re now looking forward to the next steps on the journey at Eclipse.org.

There’s a lot of great stuff in the 2.0 release. Here’s a brief overview:

  • dm Shell - we've added a brand new shell in 2.0, that's available both in-process and remotely over ssh. It provides extensive support for managing a dm Server instance and its deployed artifacts.
  • Admin console - the admin console has been extensively overhauled in 2.0. It provides, among other things, support for managing and deploying artifacts, examining diagnostic dumps, and examining the bundle wiring both in the live system, and at the time of a resolution failure.
  • Plans - dm Server 2.0 introduces support for plans which are powerful alternative to 1.0's PARs for deploying modular applications. A plan can be used to reference all of the artifacts that comprise your application, optionally making the application atomic to tie the child artifact lifecycles together, and scoped to isolate the application from other applications deployed in the same dm Server instance.
  • Provisioning - dm Server's always had excellent provisioning support and in 2.0 it's got even better. In addition to the automatic provisioning of bundles based on the needs of the installed applications that was available in 1.0, dm Server 2.0 provides support for provisioning plans, PARs, and configuration from both local and remote repositories.
  • Web support - dm Server 2.0 builds upon 1.0's Web support and embeds the Tomcat-based reference implementation for the OSGi Web Container specification, allowing users to deploy vanilla WAR files with all their dependencies in WEB-INF/lib, and Web Application Bundles that import their dependencies via OSGi manifest metadata. The web container is configurable using the standard Tomcat server.xml.
  • User region - dm Server 2.0 introduces a user region which isolates the dm Kernel from user-installed applications. Among other things, this simplifies administration as it allows users to focus on user application artifacts and their dependencies without having to deal with those of the kernel as well.
  • Spring 3.0 - like many others, we've been tracking the Spring 3.0 milestones and release candidates, and dm Server 2.0 now packages Spring 3.0 final. If you'd prefer to use dm Server 2.0 with a different version of Spring, it can easily be configured to do so.
  • Hot deployment - in addition to support for deployment via the admin console, artifacts can also be deployed to dm Server by copying them into the pickup directory, either in archive or exploded form.
  • Running as a service - dm Server can now be run as a Windows service or as a Unix background process.
  • Logging - as in 1.0, dm Server's logging support is available via SLF4J. In 2.0, the backend has been replaced with LogBack, making it extensively configurable by modifying dm Server's config/serviceability.xml file with a rich set of appenders available out of the box.
  • Equinox 3.5 - dm Server 2.0 embeds Equinox 3.5, the reference implementation of OSGi 4.2.
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dm Server project moves to Eclipse.org

Today we will be releasing version 2.0 of the dm server. This represents a major milestone for the project, and for enterprise application development with OSGi in general. I’m delighted to now be able to reveal the next step in the dm Server journey: we have submitted a proposal at Eclipse.org to continue development of the dm Server as part of the Eclipse RT top-level project. The Eclipse nickname for the project is Virgo.

Quick links:

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Task Scheduling Simplifications in Spring 3.0

Continuing the Spring 3.0 “simplification series” started by Keith and Chris, I would like to provide a quick overview of simplifications in scheduling and task execution enabled by Spring 3.0.

I will be walking through a basic sample application that you can checkout from the spring-samples Subversion repository. It has been designed to be as simple as possible while showcasing both annotation-driven and XML-based approaches to scheduling tasks in Spring 3.0.

Let’s begin with the annotation-driven approach. You can run it directly via the main() method in AnnotationDemo. If you take a look, you’ll see that it’s nothing more than a bootstrap for a Spring ApplicationContext:

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Spring Roo 1.0.0 Released

We’re delighted to announce the general availability (GA) of Spring Roo 1.0.0.

Spring Roo is a next-generation rapid application development tool for Java developers. With Roo you can easily build full Java applications in minutes. It differs from other tools by focusing on:

  • Higher Java productivity: Try the ten minute test and see for yourself.
  • Stock-standard Java: Roo uses the Java APIs and standards you already know and trust.
  • Usable and learnable: Roo features an extremely high level of usability and an advanced shell.
  • No engineering trade-offs: Roo has no runtime portion and does not impose any CPU, RAM or disk storage cost.
  • Easy Roo removal: Roo can be easily removed from a user project in under five minutes.
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Grails 1.2 Released

Continuing the release train, today we are excited to announce the general availability of Grails 1.2 final. Representing the most stable and performant Grails release yet, Grails 1.2 is a significant new release of the premier dynamic language framework for the JVM.

As well as featuring all of the goodness of Spring 3, this release has a number of significant new features for Grails users:


  • Dependency Resolution DSL: Based on Ivy, Grails users now have full control over JAR dependencies including those inherited from the framework and any installed plugins.

  • Better Spring Integration: As well as supporting component scanning, Grails now allows you to implement controllers as regular MVC @Controller instances.

  • Named Query Support: It is now possible to define named, reusable criteria queries in GORM that can be combined with regular dynamic finders making querying a lot more DRY

  • Improved Performance & Memory Consumption: The performance of Grails’ view layer (GSP) has been significantly improved resulting in up to 2-3 times throughput. We’ve also improved Grails’ memory consumption and the need for additional PermGen by implementing precompilation of GSP views.

  • Named URL Mappings: It is now possible to name an individual URL mapping which allows you to create more explicit and expressive links inside GSPs

  • Refactored Testing Infrastructure: Grails’ testing infrastructure is now completely pluggable to new providers. The default JUnit provider is still present, but new testing providers can be implemented that can be run in specific phases (such as ‘unit’, ‘integration’ and ‘functional’ phases). There is already a Spock plugin that takes advantage of this new infrastructure, allowing BDD style testing.

  • Pluggable Web Containers: Grails now allows different development time containers to be installed and plugins for both Tomcat and Jetty are available.

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Spring Security 3.0.0 Released

We're pleased to an announce the release of Spring Security 3.0.0.

Thanks to everyone in the community who has helped out by testing the milestone and release candidate versions and providing feedback.

Check out the project website for a list of supported features, and also the release announcement in the community forum for information on changes which may affect you if you are upgrading.

Look out for compatible releases of Spring Security Extensions projects (such as our Kerberos support) in the new year.

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Bundlor 1.0.0.RC1 Available

I’m very excited to announce that Bundlor 1.0.0.RC1 is now available. There have been numerous changes to Bundlor since the M6 release including additions to detection and warning criteria as well as improvements to the ANT and Maven configurations.

This milestone marks feature-complete status for the 1.0.0 release. Baring any major issues, this candidate will be released as 1.0.0.RELEASE shortly.

Detection and Warning Criteria

Bundlor now detects Java types in the following locations:

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