Spring Framework is an open source layered Java/J2EE application framework, based on code published in Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development by Rod Johnson (Wrox, 2002).
Spring Framework is mobile, social, modern, secure, ready for the cloud and cross-platform, running on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.
· Java 2 Standard Edition Runtime Environment
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Refined Java SE 7 support within the framework as well as through upgrades to CGLIB 3.0, ASM 4.0 (both of which we're inlining now) and AspectJ 1.7
· Concurrency refinements across the framework, avoiding the use of synchronization wherever possible – in particular for scoped/prototype beans
· Allowing for @Autowired and @Value to be used as meta-annotations, e.g. to build custom injection annotations in combination with specific qualifiers
· Support for custom @Bean definition annotations in @Configuration classes, e.g. in combination with specific qualifiers, @Lazy, @Primary, etc
· Asynchronous MVC processing on Servlet 3.0, with Spring MVC handler methods being able to return Callables and DeferredResults
· Inclusion of the formerly-standalone Spring MVC Test project, allowing for first-class testing of Spring MVC applications
· Support for loading WebApplicationContexts in the TestContext framework, and further improvements for web application testing
· Early support for JCache 0.5 (JSR-107) as a backend for Spring's cache abstraction