In the last year, new Spring projects have launched in a number of areas, including social, mobile, data, and integration. I’ve been doing this for nearly 7 years, and honestly it has never been as exciting for me as it is today. I feel this way because our community understands the importance of raising the bar by building on the foundations you’ve laid before. That’s why we’re able to move so quickly, and that’s a testament to the quality of the core development team led by Juergen Hoeller.
One thing I’m very excited about is the increasing number of community contributions we’re seeing. These have traditionally come in as patches via JIRA, but modern social coding platforms such as Github and Gitorious have opened new opportunities. In this blog entry, I’d like to present a new contribution model that empowers you to contribute to your favorite Spring projects and work directly with the core development team.