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Juergen Hoeller

Juergen Hoeller

Spring Framework project lead

Linz, Austria

Juergen Hoeller is co-founder of the Spring Framework open source project and has been serving as the project lead and release manager for the core framework since 2003. Juergen is an experienced software architect and consultant with outstanding expertise in code organization, transaction management and enterprise messaging.
Blog Posts by Juergen Hoeller

Spring Framework 6.0 goes GA

Dear Spring community,

It is my pleasure to announce that Spring Framework 6.0.0 is generally available from Maven Central now! This is the start of a new framework generation for 2023 and beyond, embracing current and upcoming innovations in OpenJDK and the Java ecosystem. At the same time, we carefully designed it as a straightforward upgrade from Spring Framework 5.3.x for modern-day runtime environments.

As a major revision of the core framework, Spring Framework 6.0 comes with a Java 17+ baseline and a move to Jakarta EE 9+ (in the jakarta namespace), with a focus on the recently released Jakarta EE 10 APIs such as Servlet 6.0 and JPA 3.1. This provides access to the latest web containers such as Tomcat 10.1 and the latest persistence providers such as Hibernate ORM 6.1. Don’t be stuck on Java EE 8, make the leap to the jakarta namespace, ideally straight to the Jakarta EE 10 level! The upcoming Spring Boot 3.0.0 release includes corresponding managed dependencies for you.

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Spring Framework 6.0 goes RC1

Dear Spring community,

It is my pleasure to announce that a feature-complete Spring Framework 6.0 release candidate is available now! We are expecting a further release candidate in time for the first Spring Boot 3.0 release candidate next week, and then our final releases for general availability in November.

As a major revision of the core framework, 6.0 RC1 comes with a Java 17+ baseline, a move to Jakarta EE 9+ (in the jakarta namespace superseding the former javax based EE APIs), and a broader infrastructure revision. This provides access to the latest web containers such as Tomcat 10 / Jetty 11 and the latest persistence providers such as Hibernate ORM 6.1 - all of which are exclusively available with the jakarta-namespaced variants of the Servlet API and JPA. It also sets the stage for the further evolution of those APIs and providers, as well as the further evolution of the JDK itself.

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An update on Java 17+ adoption

As a follow-up to my blog post from last year’s SpringOne, it is time for an update on our Java 17+ baseline efforts!

We established the new baseline on our main branches, with a few milestones out already. The feedback has been very positive, not only in terms of framework improvements but also in terms of the motivation for a Java upgrade at the application level. Of course, it does not end with JDK 17 LTS: JDK 18 is an immediate option already, JDK 19 will be the current release when we go final later this year, with JDK 20 to be in early access by then - and JDK 21 LTS on the horizon already…

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Spring Framework 6.0 M1 released

Dear Spring community,

It is my pleasure to announce that the first Spring Framework 6.0 milestone release is available from htts://repo.spring.io/milestone now. This initial milestone covers our baseline upgrade efforts, in particular requiring JDK 17+ and migrating to the Jakarta EE 9 APIs; see my recent baseline blog post for the rationale. At the same time, it removes many long-deprecated classes, including several support packages for outdated third-party infrastructure.

For current upgrade notes, please refer to our Upgrading to Spring Framework 6.0 page which we will keep updating. Follow our main branch on GitHub for the latest changes, as we prepare for 6.0 M2 and the corresponding Spring Boot 3.0 M1 release in January. At that point, you will also be able to consume Spring Framework 6.0 through https://start.spring.io/. For the time being, feel free to grab 6.0 M1 from https://repo.spring.io/ and let us know how it goes.

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A Java 17 and Jakarta EE 9 baseline for Spring Framework 6

As announced at SpringOne yesterday, Spring Framework 6 and Spring Boot 3 are planned towards a high-end baseline for their general availability in Q4 2022:

  • Java 17+ (from Java 8-17 in the Spring Framework 5.3.x line)
  • Jakarta EE 9+ (from Java EE 7-8 in the Spring Framework 5.3.x line)

This forward-looking baseline will provide significant benefits in our API design and integration efforts, shining through to your application code and future-proofing the framework as well as your applications for many years to come. However, it comes at a cost, of course: Spring Framework 6 and Spring Boot 3 based applications will require a minimum of JDK 17 at runtime, as well as a minimum of Tomcat 10 / Jetty 11 (for Jakarta EE 9 compatibility). Even more importantly, there might be some changes required in your application source code: e.g. the javax to jakarta namespace change in Jakarta EE 9 wherever you’re touching the Servlet API, JPA, Bean Validation, etc.

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Spring Framework 5.3 goes GA

Dear Spring community,

On behalf of the Spring Framework team and our contributors, it is my pleasure to announce that Spring Framework 5.3 is generally available from repo.spring.io as well as Maven Central!

Spring Framework 5.3 requires JDK 8 or higher and specifically embraces JDK 15 as the latest OpenJDK release, e.g. with binding support for record classes. As the last feature branch of the 5.x generation, the 5.3.x line is set up for an extended support phase, including JDK 17 LTS next year.

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Spring Framework 5.3 goes RC1

Dear Spring community,

On behalf of the development team, it is my pleasure to announce that a feature-complete Spring Framework 5.3 release candidate is available from our milestone repository now! Check out the list of new features and upgrade notes on our GitHub wiki, including several deprecation notes.

As the last feature branch of the 5.x generation, we are preparing the 5.3.x line for general availability in late October - with an extended maintenance phase up until 2024. While we strongly encourage appropriate migration steps, all of our deprecated packages are going to remain in place for the entire 5.3.x phase. In terms of Java platform support, the current range is JDK 8-15 but we expect this to grow into JDK 8-17 for our Spring Framework 5.3.x releases next year.

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First Spring Framework 5.3 milestone released

Dear Spring community,

On behalf of the team and everyone who contributed, it is my pleasure to announce that Spring Framework 5.3 M1 is available from our milestone repository now! Find an initial list of new features and refinements and corresponding upgrade notes including several deprecations on our wiki.

Please note that 5.3 is designed as the final 5.x feature release, wrapping up the major themes in the Spring Framework 5 generation, in particular reactive programming and Kotlin support, while also taking GraalVM compatibility to the next level. Last but not least, we are not only preparing for JDK 15 and 16 but also for next year’s JDK 17 LTS already, expecting an extended 5.3.x maintenance life.

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Spring Framework maintenance roadmap in 2020 (including 4.3 EOL)

Dear Spring community,

With Spring Framework 5.2.2 and 5.1.12 being available now, let me take the opportunity to provide an update on the maintenance roadmap in 2020.

Most importantly, Spring Framework 4.3.x and therefore Spring Framework 4 overall will reach its end-of-life next year: Our EOL cut-off is December 31st, 2020, with no further support on 4.3.x beyond that point. At the same time, we are also phasing out 5.0.x and 5.1.x for good.

As for planned releases, first up is a full round in mid January: with 5.2.3 and 5.1.13 accompanied by 5.0.16 and 4.3.26. The latter are the last maintenance releases in the 5.0.x and 4.3.x lines. We may do critical patches in case of vulnerabilities but otherwise no further releases are planned in those lines until the final cut-off at the end of 2020.

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Spring Framework 5.2 goes GA

Dear Spring community,

On behalf of the Spring Framework team and many recent contributors, it is my pleasure to announce that Spring Framework 5.2 is generally available from repo.spring.io as well as Maven Central! Check out our updated docs…

Spring Framework 5.2 requires JDK 8 or higher and specifically supports JDK 11 as the current long-term support branch as well as JDK 13 as the latest OpenJDK release. It comes with many performance improvements (affecting startup time as well as peak performance) and further steps taken towards GraalVM native image support (still experimental).

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