Prana goes Spring: Introducing Spring ActionScript

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Dear community,

I’m pleased to introduce a new Spring extension called Spring ActionScript. This extension, formerly known as the Prana Framework, is aimed at bringing Inversion of Control to ActionScript along with several other interesting utilities.

The extension is written in ActionScript 3 and is targeted at Flex, AIR and Flash developers. The IoC container and its XML dialect is heavily influenced by that of Spring so it should be easy for developers familiar with Spring to get started with it.

Spring ActionScript contains the following features:
* Inversion of Control container – XML driven, based on Spring
* Reflection API – providing a decent API around describeType()
* Cairngorm extensions – configurable Service Locator, extended Front Controller with command factories, Command chaining, …
* PureMVC extensions – bringing Dependency Injection to PureMVC
* several utilities, assertions, etc

We are also working on the following features, all of which are in an experimental phase:
* MVCS support – providing an architectural framework based on Model-View-Controller-Service
* Domain Driven Design utilities – base classes for entities, value objects, enums, repositories and services
* SqlLite database templates
* Aspect Oriented Programming

The project is currently incubated as we work towards a 1.0 release. The latest available (Prana) release is 0.6 and we plan to release a 0.6.1 version in the coming weeks that introduces the switch to Spring ActionScript.

For more info, please see the following links:

* SVN –
* FishEye –
* Forum:

Thanks to SpringSource and everyone involved in making this happen!

Hope you enjoy this extension!

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9 Responses to “Prana goes Spring: Introducing Spring ActionScript”

  1. sakri Says:

    Congrats Christophe!

    Is there any chance of you doing a little demo at the Flex Camp next week? (or anywhere else for that matter ;) ).

  2. Adnan Doric Says:

    in the spring-actionscript/trunk/readme.txt :
    “copy spring-actionscript.swc from the \dist …”

    Where is the /dist folder ? :)

    Thank you,

  3. Christoph Atteneder Says:

    That´s great to hear Christophe!

    I´m looking forward to the next release.



  4. Christophe Says:

    @Adnan: good catch! I have updated the readme file.

  5. Wim Deblauwe Says:


  6. Rostislav Says:

    Good stuff!

  7. Bart Ducheyne Says:

    Christophe, liked your presentation @ Flex Camp in Antwerp, but it was a bit to much info at once for me so I would like to have the presentation, to complete my notes and knowledge about this material.

  8. Christophe Says:

    Hi Bart,

    I’m creating a blog post as we speak that will contain some details and the presentation slides. (Are you still here btw? Else, come see me.)

  9. David Jumeau Says:

    Hi Christophe,

    I am unfamiliar with Inversion Control. Is there a site or other information you can provide on what it is and what it is used for? Just wondering.



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