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From Daniel Kulp <>
Subject Re: Potential impact of SpringSource Enterprise Maintenance Policy on CXF
Date Mon, 06 Oct 2008 12:55:19 GMT

I'm not sure if there would be any major impact on CXF.   We already ship 
a version of Spring with CXF that we've tested with and such.   We try 
to keep semi-up-to-date with what Spring releases so we have whatever 
bug fixes they provide, just like we try to update as many of the other 
dependencies as we can as well.   Also, once the Spring releases are in 
the maven repo, they are there.  That includes the sources jars for that 
release.   Thus, once we find a version we like, it will be there.

Anyway, I'm not sure what impact it will have.   My gut feeling says "not 
too much" for CXF here at Apache.   

That said, for "Enterprise" users that use an enterprise version of CXF 
as provided from a third party (like the FUSE branded stuff from 
IONA/Progress), you would need to ask them.   We don't have control over 


On Monday 06 October 2008, CXF Explorer wrote:
> Hi,
> I am a newbie for CXF. I started exploring it as a potential framework
> for implementing web service based application. I am ok with most of
> the stuff with CSX but for its heavy dependency on Spring framework. I
> am aware about the availability of bus and NonSpringServlet approach
> and would like to explore it further. The forum says that most of the
> advanced cases will require spring or doing a lot of low level API
> programming to get it configured. That means I cannot keep away with
> Spring if I want to harness the real potential of CXF framework :-(.
> With the new
> SpringSource Enterprise Maintenance Policy , it looks like non
> subscribed spring developers(I believe there are many of them) are
> going to have a hard time identifying a stable spring release, as the
> spring source will issue maintenance updates for three months period
> after a new major version of Spring is released. My understanding of
> the policy may not be 100% correct, but if it is correct, then how CXF
> is planning repository management for Spring versions? The question is
> more serious for an Ant based project as the dependencies have to be
> managed manually there.
> Will CXF bundle a stable Spring release along with the jar
> distributions for CXF framework in the future or will it rely on Maven
> to resolve the Spring dependencies for a particular stable release?

J. Daniel Kulp

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