The Apache Struts group is pleased to announce that Struts 2.5-BETA1
is available as a "Beta" release. The Beta designation indicates that
we believe the distribution needs wider testing before being upgraded
to a "General Availability" release. Your input is essential.

Apache Struts 2 is an elegant, extensible framework for creating
enterprise-ready Java web applications. The framework is designed to
streamline the full development cycle, from building, to deploying, to
maintaining applications over time.

This release contains several breaking changes and improvements just
to mention few of them:
- XWork source was merged into Struts Core source, it means that there
be no more xwork artifact nor dedicated jar
- OGNL was upgraded to version 3.0.11 and it breaks access to
properties as it follows Java Bean Specification, see WW-4207 and
- Spring dependency for tests and spring plugin was upgraded to
version 4.1.6, see WW-4510.
- Struts2 internal logging api was marked as deprecated and was
replaced with new Log4j2 api as logging layer, see WW-4504.
- Struts2 is now build with JDK7, see WW-4503.
- New plugin to support bean validation is now part of the
distribution, see WW-4505.
- Deprecated plugins are now removed from the distribution and are not
longer supported anymore:
-- Dojo Plugin
-- Codebehind Plugin
-- JSF Plugin
-- Struts1 Plugin

and many other improvements, please check the version notes

Struts 2.5-BETA1 is available in a full distribution, or as separate
library, source, example and documentation distributions, from the
releases page.

The release is also available from the central Maven repository under
Group ID "org.apache.struts".

The 2.5.x series of the Apache Struts framework has a minimum
requirement of the following specification versions:
* Java SE 7
* Java Servlet 2.4 and JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.0
* Java 2 Standard Platform Edition (J2SE) 5

The release notes are available online at:

Should any issues arise with your use of any version of the Struts
framework, please post your comments to the user list, and, if
appropriate, file a tracking ticket.appropriate, file a tracking

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