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Oracle Announces Availability of Software Development Kit for Spring


Oracle today announced availability of the Oracle® Development Kit for Spring. The new development kit is designed to simplify the development, deployment and management of Spring-based enterprise Java applications.
As developers look to quickly and easily create high-quality applications, they require the freedom to choose the technologies, components and frameworks that best meet their requirements. As a result, developers are increasingly using components of Oracle Fusion Middleware with Spring’s leading open source application development framework. Spring’s layered architecture allows developers to pick and choose pieces of the framework, which provides optimal flexibility without sacrificing performance.

To help enhance the productivity of developers using Oracle Fusion Middleware products for Java such as Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle’s free Integrated Development Environment (IDE), or Oracle Application Server with Spring, the Oracle Development Kit for Spring includes:

The Spring Framework 2.0 -- the latest version of Spring’s light-weight, open source application development framework;
Oracle JDeveloper Extension for Spring -- provides wizards and full editor support for both Spring 1.x and 2.0-style definitions complete with code insight, auto-complete and XML validation;
Oracle Developer Depot -- a free, Spring-based developer productivity tool that dramatically simplifies the way Java developers find, configure and provision Java applications;
Pre-packaged Sample Applications and Tutorials -- help developers get Spring-based applications up and running quickly; and
Transaction Manager Integration -- allows developers to leverage the lightweight programming model of Spring with the high-performance transactional capabilities of Oracle Application Server.
“The Spring Framework is a key component in delivering a high quality service to our users, and we look forward to benefiting from the significant effort Oracle is making to tightly integrate Spring with Oracle Application Server,” said Colin Clive, ICT Products Development Manager, Student Loans Company Limited.

Oracle’s Expertise with Spring
The longstanding collaboration between Oracle, Interface21 and the Spring community continues to deliver numerous innovations and enhancements. Oracle will donate components of the Oracle Development Kit for Spring to the Spring community. The donation complements Oracle’s previous donation of TopLink® Essentials, which now ships with the Spring Framework 2.0. As the number of customers leveraging the strengths of the Oracle software stack along with the Spring Framework continues to increase rapidly, Oracle and Interface21 are committed to providing additional points of integration.

“Oracle has gained significant expertise in Spring as a result of our collaboration with Interface21 and internal use of the framework,” said Steven G. Harris, vice president, Java Platform Group, Oracle. “The Oracle Development Kit for Spring is a natural step in our efforts to simplify enterprise Java development. As more and more customers use Oracle’s Java development platform in conjunction with the Spring framework, we see increasingly innovative results.”

“It’s been exciting to see the Spring community flourish and our collaboration with Oracle has helped contribute to that,” said Rod Johnson, founder of the Spring Framework and CEO of Interface21. “As Interface21 and Oracle continue to drive innovations in the Java developer world, we look forward to providing more integration points that improve productivity and choice for developers. The Oracle Development Kit for Spring is another proof-point of our joint commitment to this goal.”

Oracle’s Commitment to Java Developers
A leading supporter and instrumental contributor to defining key standards and aspects of Java since its inception in 1995, Oracle recognizes that a critical element in driving the adoption of the next-generation Java Platform, Java EE 5, is simplification of development around EJB 3.0 and JavaServer Faces (JSF) 1.2, a Web application framework designed to facilitate development of user interfaces for enterprise Java applications. Last year, Oracle launched the Oracle Developer Depot, a free, downloadable developer productivity tool that dramatically simplifies the way Java developers find, configure and provision Java applications for learning or prototyping purposes. The company also leads the Eclipse JPA, BPEL and JSF Tooling projects, served as co-spec lead for EJB 3.0 and recently donated Oracle Toplink®, the industry�s most advanced, award-winning persistence architecture, to the open source community. In conjunction with that donation, Oracle leads a new Eclipse run-time project to provide persistence services that can be used in Java and OSGi environments. Oracle is also a founding member of the JSF expert group in the Java Community Process (JCP) and joined the Apache MyFaces project as a core contributor.


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