Driving Innovation of Enterprise Apps

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-10-20 Print this article Print


Meanwhile, VMware also announced a series of extensions to the Spring framework that will continue to drive the innovation of enterprise applications. Modern applications need to be easy to use, data rich, provide access anywhere and anytime, and enable collaboration with others. SpringSource demonstrated extensions to Spring that cover new use characteristics found in modern applications: handling data in cloud and large-scale environments, Web application support for mobile devices, integration with popular social media services and secure access to payment services for Web commerce applications.

"A new generation of applications has emerged that faces fundamentally new challenges of cloud scale and inter-connectivity," Johnson said. "We are committed to providing enterprise Java developers the innovative and productive tools they need to face these challenges as they build and deploy Java applications in the data center, private Java cloud or public cloud."

With the emergence of cloud computing, new elastic data caching and storage alternatives have emerged to address the performance bottlenecks inherent in traditional relational databases and back-end systems. New Spring Data Access projects have been created to provide simplified access to modern data-caching platforms such as VMware vFabric GemFire, noSQL data stores such as Redis, Apache Cassandra and high-speed cloud-messaging systems such as RabbitMQ. Spring Data Access has also been enhanced to provide fast connection failover, data source pooling and advanced queuing for the Oracle relational database.

Enterprise applications increasingly need to provide a rich, collaborative user experience across a range of platforms, browsers and personal devices. New Spring projects and enhancements have been created to enable application developers to integrate with popular social media services, including Facebook, Twitter TripIt, and LinkedIn, as well as target the latest mobile devices, including Android and iPhone. The Spring Social project provides support for authentication via OAuth 2.0 across social media sites and enables developers to securely access and interact with social profile data. The new Web application support for mobile devices extends the popular Spring MVC framework to provide automatic client detection and content adjustment to match device resolution.

Meanwhile, SpringSource has launched a new Spring Payment Services project to provide Spring application developers easy access to payment systems such as Visa, CyberSource, Authorize.Net and other alternative payment providers. SpringSource invites the Spring and Grails communities to participate in the project as the effort moves from initial incubation through general availability.

The Spring family of open source projects can be found on the Spring community website at: http://www.springsource.org.

Johnson said with Spring being 10 years old, SpringSource is set to take the technology forward toward another decade. For the first 10 years, SpringSource produced ideas that made enterprise Java easier for developers. And going into the next decade of Spring, the company plans to focus more heavily on new platforms, including mobile, non-relational data structures, or NoSQL, and social platforms, Johnson said.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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