ActiveRecord fails the DRY principle, especially if your database doesn't follow Rails naming conventions. As well, ActiveRecord associations and validations are redundant specifications of database constraints. Bryan wants to avoid (as much as possible) the situation where he's averse to making changes to his database schema, because of the resulting effort to change his app code.
A 5-year old, Dallas-based company named Spur is gaining attention and kudos within Ruby on Rails circles. Earlier this week it announced a new release of its popular GPL'd IT support tool named SimpleTicket. Managing Partner Alexander Muse was kind enough to share the story of SimpleTicket with InfoQ.
Spring 2.0 was initially supposed to come out in June/July, why the delay? InfoQ interviewed the Spring team - based on massive community feedback, the team has chosen to delay the launch to Sept 26th in order work on asynchronous JMS capabilities, JPA, the new JSP form tag library, OSGi integration, documentation, and backwards compatibility.
In this book Anil Hemrajani relates Agile practices to Java and the Spring, Hibernate, and Eclipse open source toolsets. It's a useful book for technical managers and Java web developers. 4