New Release

Spring for Android gets first final version

Chris Mayer
Spring-Android

The Spring extension projects goes GA, with social network implementations like Twitter, Facebook and GitHub available

A small update but one that could be important for Spring
developers in the long-run as Spring for Android gets its first
proper outing in 1.0. This extension to the Spring Framework allows
Spring client libraries to be used in Android environments.

According to the documentation for Spring for Android 1.0,
this includes the ability to use the Java-based RestTemplate
as the REST client for your Android applications. Support is
provided for integrating functionality of the sister project Spring
Social into Android apps, meaning things like
a
 OAuth-based authorization client and implementations
for social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, but also for
coding social network GitHub.

Things haven’t changed much since Spring for Android 1.0 RC1,
which brought forward a lot of the security and social features to
the floor, but one major thing has – the default RestTemplate
constructor no longer includes any message body converters, with an
alternate constructor providing a standard set of message
converters. 
Further changes can be found in
the announcement blog post, in the change log and in the 1.0.0 reference manual.

You can download Spring for Android here and
you can also grab the Maven
artifacts
 via the Spring website. The GitHub
repository
also has some excellent sample for you to view. The
team behind this new project are keen to express gratitude to those
who’ve contributed so far and would like you to contribute too –
collaborate
here!

Hopefully we’ll see this neat little project blossom nicely,
alongside Android itself.

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