Virtualization and cloud infrastructure provider VMware announced on Wednesday that all the major extensions to the open source Java development framework Spring are now compatible with Spring 3.1.
According to the press release, developers will be able to build enterprise applications with support for Spring Integration, Spring Security, Spring Batch, Spring Data, Spring Mobile and Spring for Android.
Java web hosting providers that support the Spring Framework will find enterprise developers looking for the latest Spring support. Developers or Java web hosting providers looking for more information about Spring can attend several events held in Europe this spring, and co-hosted by open platform as a service Cloud Foundry.
“Driving application development for today’s enterprises with powerful simplifying technology, Spring is the premier choice for developers looking for an extensible, portable and open source framework,” Adrian Colyer, CTO cloud and application services, VMware said in a statement. “The latest release of the Spring Framework and its major extensions continue the tradition of taking care of the infrastructure so developers can focus on building applications that address today’s business requirements.”
According to the press release, Spring is the framework of choice among Java developers, and more than two thirds of Java developers use Spring or plan to do so within the next two years.
In February 2012, Java application web server Resin grew to power 4.7 million websites, a tenfold increase from 480,000 hostnames in February 2011. This growth indicates more developers and web hosts are using Resin servers for Java application deployment.
VMware says the Spring Framework makes it easy for developers to integrate security models, databases, web services and messaging systems into applications that can be deployed within any Java environment.
VMware acquired SpringSource in 2009, and subsequently acquired the Spring Framework.
Spring enables access to enterprise information stored in traditional databases as well as on new NoSQL data platforms and “big data” distributed processing solutions like Apache Hadoop.
Since the Spring Framework had added new REST enhancements, Java developers can use it to build “critical services to mobile enterprise applications.”
Platform as a service Jelastic announced at Parallels Summit in February that it will be available through web hosts ServInt and dogado in March, and will charge users for the actual RAM and CPU consumption rather than predefined machine size. Developers can deploy “Grails”, which is built on Spring and based on Groovy, to the Jelastic cloud.
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