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Spring is a Java-based open-source application framework commonly used in enterprise software to build complex, scalable, and maintainable applications. The framework's core features can be used by any Java application, but there are extensions for building web applications on top of the Java EE platform. Spring offers a comprehensive programming and configuration model for modern business applications. Key components within the framework include Spring Core Container for managing object lifecycles and wiring dependencies, aspect-oriented programming that help manage cross-cutting concerns in an application (such as authentication or logging), transaction management for handling database transactions consistently across different data access methods, JDBC integration that simplifies database operations through the use of templates, and support for various web application development frameworks such as Spring MVC or WebFlux. The framework also supports multiple platforms like cloud services with its advanced profiles including Spring Cloud and mobile devices with projects like Spring Android.

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