Spring 3.2 is here!

And here we go again, same procedure as last year?

Exactly one year after the Spring Framework 3.1 release, I’m pleased to announce that Spring Framework 3.2 is generally available now!

We recommend an upgrade from all previous Spring releases, in particular from Spring Framework 3.1.x which this is a direct successor for.

Here the new and noteworthy list from Jürgens blog:

  • 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

The framework itself is hosted at GITHUB for a while now, but it was news to me to see Gradle as the new build tool.

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