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Spring Roo 1.2.1 released

ChrisMayer
Spring-Roo

Rapid Java application development tool gets first maintenance release of the year.

After releasing the major version back in December, SpringSource’s rapid Java application development tool Spring Roo bounces back into vision with its first update of 2012.

Project Lead, Alan Stewart informs us that Spring Roo 1.2.1 is primarily a maintenance release, brought out to keep pace with the everchanging development landscape, updating to incorporate support for the latest releases of PrimeFaces 3.1 and Google App Engine 1.6.2. There are also some bugs ironed out for multi-module Maven support and JSF/PrimeFaces, which needed sorting out from the last full version.

Spring Roo is billed as ‘the next-generation rapid application development tool for Java developers’ promising fast creation times, no compromises and most importantly, 100% Java coding meaning it’s easy to pick up straight away. A no frills approach? Far from it. What sets Spring Roo apart is the sheer number of technologies integrated. Bar those previously mentioned, there’s also Apache Tomcat, AspectJ, Eclipse IDE, Jetty, Hibernate and much much more. You name it, it’s probably there. 

Roo is quite clever. The lightweight console monitors all your projects whilst you’re developing and adapts it as you code. For more details on how Spring Roo works in your development environment, check out their site for all resources. This release (and future releases) doesn’t have any reference documentation, so that’s your best bet for learning how to use Spring Roo if you’re a novice.

Roo requires JDK 6 and Maven to run. Download here to join the Spring community today.

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