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THE SPRING.NET FRAMEWORK, Release 1.3.0  (December 17, 2009)


The 1.3.0 release of Spring.NET contains

     * A full featured Inversion of Control container
     * An Aspect Oriented Programming framework
     * Expression Language for lightweight scripting
     * UI-agnostic validation framework
     * ASP.NET Framework
       - Dependency Injection for pages and user controls, bi-directional data binding, and more.
     * Declarative transaction management abstraction
       - Declarative transaction management via use of common XML configuration and attributes across different transaction APIs
     * ADO.NET framework
       - Simplifies use of ADO.NET.  DAO support classes and integration with Spring's declarative transaction management functionality
     * Portable Service Abstractions
       - Export plain .NET objects via .NET Remoting, Web Service or .NET Serviced Component and create client side proxies based on endpoint URL and service interface.
     * NHibernate Integation
       - NHibernate 1.0, 1.2, 2.0 and 2.1 integration to simplify use of NHibernate and participate in Spring's declarative transaction management functionality.
     * ASP.NET AJAX Integration
       - Exporter to expose plain object on which Dependency Injection and AOP have been applied to JavaScript.
     * NUnit and MSTest integration
       - Provides Dependency Injection of test cases and Spring container loading and caching. .  Data access and transaction management features aid with integration testing.
     * WCF integration
       - Provides Dependency Injection and applicatin of AOP advice to WCF services
     * Quartz integration
       - Configure Quartz jobs using dependency injection and Spring's transactional support to
         persist job details
     * MSMQ integration
       - Simplifies the use MSMQ by providing helper classes for message sending and receiving.  Integrates with Spring's transaction management features.
     * NMS integration
       - Simplifies the use of NMS by providing helper classes for message sending and receiving.
     * TIBCO EMS integration
       - Simplifies the use of TIBCO EMS by providing helper classes for message sending and receiving.
     * NVelocity integration
       - Simplifies the use of configuring NVelocity

Spring.NET is a port of the Java based Spring Framework. In turn, the Java/J2EE Spring Framework is based on code published in "Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development" by Rod Johnson (Wrox, 2002).


Spring.NET 1.3 supports .NET 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5.  Note, there are no specific .DLLs for .NET 3.5 as we do not use any features or libraries from that framework version.  For .NET 3.0 in the directory bin\net\3.0 is the Spring.Services.dll that should be used if you are using .NET 3.0 or higher as contains Spring's WCF integration.


The fallback rules for localized resources seem to have a bug that is fixed by applying Service Pack 1 for .NET 1.1.  This affects the use of IMessageSource.GetMessage methods that specify CultureInfo.


Release contents:

* "src" contains the C# source files for the framework
* "test" contains the C# source files for Spring.NET's test suite
* "bin" contains various Spring.NET distribution dll files
* "lib/Net" contains shared third-party libraries needed for building the framework
* "lib/NHibernate10" contains NHibernate 1.0 dlls
* "lib/NHibernate12" contains NHibernate 1.2 dlls
* "lib/NHibernate20" contains NHibernate 2.0 dlls
* "lib/NHibernate21" contains NHibernate 2.1 dlls
* "doc" contains reference documentation, MSDN-style API help, and the Spring.NET xsd.
* "examples" contains sample applications.
* "build-support" contains additonal applications need to build using NAnt as some convenience
   VS.NET solution files.
* "dev-support" contains 'developer support' tools and code, such as solution templates for VS.NET

debug build is done using /DEBUG:full and release build using /DEBUG:pdbonly flags.

The VS.NET solution for the framework and examples are provided.

Latest info is available at the public website:

Project info at the SourceForge site:

The Spring Framework is released under the terms of the Apache Software License (see license.txt).


The "bin" directory contains the following distinct dll files for use in applications. Dependencies are those other than on the .NET BCL.

* "Spring.Core" (~615 KB)
- Contents: Inversion of control container. Collection classes.
- Dependencies: Common.Logging

* "Spring.Aop" (~150 KB)
- Contents: Abstract Oriented Programming Framework.
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Common.Logging

* "Spring.Data" (~320 KB)
- Contents: Transaction and ADO.NET Framework.
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Aop

* "Spring.Data.NHibernate12" (~84 KB)
- Contents: NHibernate 1.2 integration
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Aop, Spring.Data, NHibernate

* "Spring.Data.NHibernate20" (~90 KB)
- Contents: NHibernate 2.0 RC1 integration
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Aop, Spring.Data, NHibernate

* "Spring.Data.NHibernate21" (~90 KB)
- Contents: NHibernate 2.1 integration
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Aop, Spring.Data, NHibernate

* "Spring.Services" (~70 KB)
- Contents: Web Services, Remoting, and Enterprise Component based services.
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Aop

* "Spring.Web" (~165 KB)
- Contents: ASP.NET based Web Application Framework.
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Aop

* "Spring.Web.Extensions" (~8 KB)
- Contents: ASP.NET AJAX Integartion
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Aop, System.Web.Extensions

* "Spring.Testing.NUnit" (~24 KB)
- Contents: NUnit Integration
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Data, NUnit

* "Spring.Testing.Microsoft" (~24 KB)
- Contents: MSTest Integration
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Data, MSTest

* "Spring.Messaging" (~65 KB)
- Contents: MSMQ Integration
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Data, System.Messaging

* "Spring.Messaging.Nms" (~100 KB)
- Contents: NMS Integration
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Data, Apache NMS

* "Spring.Scheduling.Quartz" (~44 KB)
- Contents: Quartz 1.0 Integration
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, Spring.Data, Quartz

* "Spring.Template.Velocity" (~44 KB)
- Contents: NVelocity Integration
- Dependencies: Spring.Core, NVelocity


Documentation can be found in the "docs" directory:
* The Spring reference documentation

Documented sample applications can be found in "examples":
* IoCQuickStart.MovieFinder - A simple example demonstrating basic IoC container behavior.
* IoCQuickStart.AppContext - Show use of various IApplicationContext features.
* IoCQuickStart.EventRegistry - Show use of loosely coupled eventing features.
* AopQuickStart - Show use of AOP features.
* SpringAir - Show use of Spring.Web features.
* Calculator - Show use of Spring.Services features.
* WebQuickStart - Show step by step usage of Spring.Web features.
* Web.Extensions.Example - Show ASP.NET AJAX integartion.
* DataQuickStart - Show use of Spring.Data data access features.
* TxQuickStart - Show use of Spring's transaction features.
* Data.NHibernate.Northwind - Show use of Spring's NHibernate features.
* WCFQuickStart - Show use of DI and AOP with WCF
* NMSQuickStart - Sample application using NMS
* MSMQ QuickStart - Sample applicaiton usingMSMQ
* Quartz Example - Scheduling using Quartz

7. How to build

There are four solution file for different version of VS.NET

* Spring.Net.2003.sln for use with VS.NET 2003
* Spring.Net.2005.sln for use with VS.NET 2005
* Spring.Net.2008.sln for use with VS.NET 2008


A NAnt build script can be obtained via CVS or nightly builds.   You will need to
get the supporting tools directory from CVS as well.

To build the source and run the unit tests type

nant test

NOTE!  You need to comment out the <startup> section of NAnt.exe.config in order to
property run unit tests under different version of the .NET framework.

Debug builds are strongly named using the Spring.Net.snk key file.  The ANTLR assemblies
are signed with this key as well until such time as the ANTR distribution provides their
own strongly signed assemblies.  If you want to run the build to creat strongly signed
assebmlies you can generate a key file by executing the following commands

sn -k Spring.Net.snk

The installation of the docbook toolchain is required to generate the reference
documentation and make a final release build. Refer to the Spring.NET Wiki at
for information on how to install the docbook toolchain.

NDoc3 and InnovaSys Document X! are used to generate the SDK documentation.

8. Support

The user forums at are available for you to submit questions, support requests,
and interact with other Spring.NET users.

Bug and issue tracking can be found at

The Spring.NET wiki is located at

A Fisheye repository browser is located at

To get the sources, check them out at the Subversion repository at
We are always happy to receive your feedback on the forums. If you think you found a bug, have an improvement suggestion
or feature request, please submit a ticket in JIRA (see link above).

A word on bug reports: If at all possible, try to download one of the nightly snapshots at
and see, if this bug has already been fixed. If the problem still persists, don't forget to mention the version of Spring.NET
you are using (check the file versions of Spring.NET dlls), the .NET version you are running on and a description how to reproduce the problem.
Ideally attach some sample code reproducing the problem to the JIRA ticket.

9. Acknowledgements

InnovaSys Document X!
InnovSys has kindly provided a license to generate the SDK documentation and supporting utilities for
integration with Visual Studio.

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