17 December 2011
This week has been nothing short of a rollercoaster! The week started with Spring 3.1 debuting, chock full of new features. From the release announcement,
WebApplicationInitializermechanism for bootstrapping a Spring web application without web.xml! This is a key piece in Spring's web configuration story, providing a rich alternative to XML-based bootstrapping.
@RequestPartannotation, and further REST support refinements. This new
HandlerAdaptervariant is also highly extensible for custom MVC needs. Beyond the above major themes, we invested into our O/R Mapping support, allowing for JPA package scanning without
persistence.xml, and supporting Hibernate 4.0 (CR7 at this time - we will fully support Hibernate 4.0 GA once released).
ForkJoinPoolsetup and injection.
Then, Grails 2.0 was released, also compatible with Spring 3.1.
Then, vFabric SQLFire 1.0 was Released! SQLFire, for those of you who haven't heard about it before, is an SQL92 compliant database that runs on top of GemFire, the distributed data grid product from VMware. It can be used to run, unchanged, a good many existing RDBMS applications and acheive drastic improvements in speed immediately. This has little to do with Spring 3.1, but is instead a release of its own import, also released in the last week.
Then, Spring Social 1.0.1 was released, also compatible with Spring 3.1! Spring Social's release is important too because other projects depend on it. So, we can expect to see the floodgates open even more soon with more releases, all because Spring 3.1 was released.
To top things off, Oleg Zhurakousky's interview at JavaOne with InfoQ on messaging, Spring, and the cloud is now available, and so is Roy Clarkson and Keith Donald's SpringOne2GX talk on Making the Mobile Web Native with PhoneGap.
I for one, need a breather. Can't wait until this weekend.
Next week's going to be crazy, as well. I'll be at the San Diego JUG on December 20th, talking about all things Spring and Cloud Foundry. There are actually two talks, one on Spring and Cloud Foundry, and another still on Tailoring Spring for Custom Usage. Hope to see you there!