As Juergen Hoeller mentioned in his post announcing the release of Spring Framework 3.2 RC1, the Spring Team has introduced some exciting new features in terms of testing support. Most importantly, we've added first-class support for testing web applications. 
In this post we'll first take a look at some of the general new testing features in the Spring Framework, and then we'll go into detail regarding support for testing with a
WebApplicationContext as well as request and session scoped beans. We'll close with a look at support for
ApplicationContextInitializers and a brief discussion of the road map for testing with application context hierarchies.