SpringSource Application Management Suite (AMS) Beta Released

SpringSource Application Management Suite (AMS) is a comprehensive enterprise application management tool. It is designed to manage and monitor all of your Spring-powered applications, the Spring runtime, and a variety of platforms and application servers. SpringSource AMS is built on Hyperic’s HQ Enterprise Edition, a proven systems and applications management solution. Additional features of SpringSource AMS include:

  • Automatic discovery of Spring-powered applications on deployment
  • Automatic monitoring of a variety of Spring, third party, and stereotyped components running in your application. SpringSource AMS instruments a variety of components in the Spring Framework. Simply drop the instrumented jar files into your application, and SpringSource AMS will begin monitoring your application and exposing statistics via JMX. No additional configuration steps required!
  • Automatic monitoring of components of the Spring runtime, including the application contexts and bean factories

You can read more about its features in Jennifer Hickey‘s first post in Spring Team blog. This introduction part is also taken from her blog. I am only started to look into that 😉

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Interface21 is now SpringSource

The Company behind the famous Spring Framework; interface21, is changed their name to SpringSource. As we all know Spring has proven to be more successful application framework, and has become a de facto standard for enterprise Java. It’s also growing in popularity on the .NET platform…

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Rod Johnson, the founder of interface21( now SpringSource) is described about this change in their name.Words taken from the Founder’s Blog

We’ve evolved naturally to SpringSource. We are not making a fuss about it. It just makes so much sense for us to use the name that’s so close to what people naturally (and almost accidentally) use. It’s simply confusing to have a name that’s unnaturally distanced from the product we created and drive. Our tagline has always been “Spring from the Source,” making it easy to see what the new name should be. I’ve always loved the way the water associations from “Spring” made “Spring from the Source” so natural.Our name change underlines the depth of belief in our product and the evolution of our business model.

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Compass : now with more features…

Compass is a first class open source Java Search Engine Framework, enabling the power of Search Engine semantics to your application stack decoratively. Built on top of the amazing Lucene Search Engine, Compass integrates seamlessly to popular development frameworks like Hibernate and Spring. Now in the latest release Compass 1.2, they are providing search capabilities for object models also. Compass allows to map your domain model (Object, pure XML, and the map like Compass Resource) into the search engine simply using either xml or annotations, and integrates with leading ORM libraries (Hibernate, TopLink, OpenJPA) and web frameworks (Spring MVC, Grails) in order to simplify even more the introduction of search into an application.

When we started to work with Compass [with Spring framework and Hibernate and months before the release of Hibernate search] there were no good documentations at all about it. that time we want to use Lucene for our full text search purpose. But because of the complexity of Lucene integration we used Compass as a Mapping framework between Spring and Lucene. My friend Roshan had done a lot of efforts to complete that successfully. Only one or two examples are the guidelines for him. Now Compass is improved a lot. It has a well prepared documentation [ style is looking like Spring’s official documentation], more examples, more and more features… and …. Now Hibernate search is also came to help us for full text search in a great and easy way.

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The first step to develop Spring Tool Suite

Interface21 announced that it has partnered with Tasktop Technologies, creators of the Eclipse Mylyn project, to develop the Spring Tool Suite.This new Spring-specific tool solution will build on Eclipse and Mylyn to dramatically reduce the complexity of enterprise Java application development and maintenance.Building on the existing success of Eclipse, Mylyn and Spring IDE, the Spring Tool Suite will simplify the large aggregation of tools used to develop complex enterprise Java applications, dramatically reducing information overload and streamlining developer workflow. And it is expected to be available in March 2008. You can find more informations and updates about this in the official site of Interface21.

Some Spring Tool Suite offers:

  • support for the latest Spring 2.0 features, including namespace-based configurations;
  • support for Spring Web Flow, including an extension to WTP’s XML editor for content assist, hyperlinking, validation, and graphical editing;
  • tools for Spring AOP based development, including support for validating configurations and visualization of cross cutting references;
  • support for Spring Java configuration.