Oracle are a database company that you may have heard of. Spring is a Java framework that you probably have not heard of, but it incredibly useful for Java developers to give them a head start in their development work (as well as getting rid of a lot of the donkey work later on). It’s no surprise the Spring works with Oracle Application Server, given that is what the Spring team aim to do.
What is a surprise is that Oracle are making a big noise about the Spring framework. Remember these guys preferred to buy the Orion Application Server and rename it OAS (without changing anything anything else, including the names used in the back end).
Mustn’t grumble, if it allows Oracle – Java developers to experience the joys of Inversion of Control , AspectJ , Integration with the Major web frameworks (including Struts, JSF) and Hibernate out of the box (although I suspect that Oracle will still push TopLink for mapping to the Database).