Spring Framework is probably the most dynamic and fastest evolving application platform for the Java platform. Well, let us see some facts to establish that statement. Spring Framework’s first milestone release was in March 2004, more that decade back and since then they have adapted with the pace of technological needs to come up with the 4.0 version released in December 2013. 4.0 version included support for Java SE 8, Groovy 2, Java EE7, WebSocket, etc. Now that is quite a journey!

The credit goes to the development team of Pivotal Software around the world who worked with one mission — “building quality, open-source software that helps you and your team be more productive on the JVM.”

With this same attitude the team released the newest version 4.2.1 as latest as 1st September 2015, with key feature being compatibility with Java 6, 7 and 8, with a focus on core refinements and modern web capabilities.

Spring Blog has already committed that the 4.3 release will be scheduled in March 2016 and that will be the final generation within the general Spring 4 system requirements (Java 6+, Servlet 2.5+), getting prepared for an extended 4.3.x support life until 2019.

Do you need to learn Spring Framework?

Spring Framework is open source and has a massive range. Although the framework does not impose any specific programming model, it has become popular in the Java community as an alternative to, replacement for, or even addition to the Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) model.

From configuration to security, web apps to big data — whatever the infrastructure needs of your application may be, there is a Spring Project to help you build it. Start small and use just what you need — Spring is modular by design.

SpringPeople says becoming officially Spring Certified demonstrates your understanding of Spring and helps to advance your career as a Spring Developer. We recommend to be fully prepared for the Spring Certification exam and to receive the Spring Certification exam voucher developers will need to attend a professional 4-day Spring training. Depending on your level of experience with Spring and your focus as a developer you can choose from:

Core Spring– leads to becoming a Spring Certified Professional

Spring Web– leads to becoming a Certified Spring Web Application Developer

Enterprise Integration with Spring– leads to becoming a Certified Enterprise Integration Specialist

Take and pass the exam and you are now officially Spring Certified! The Spring Certification has several advantages for you as a developer:

Advance your career: The Spring Certification is the only recognized and official certification for the Spring Framework.

Show your Spring Certification Badge on LinkedIn: Spring Certified developers are eligible to join the network of Spring Certified developers on LinkedIn. The certification badge will be shown on your profile and you can join in a selected group of Spring Professionals to discuss developer problems, solutions and new projects.

Receive the official Spring Certification: You will be sent a document proving you are officially Spring Certified.