I recently one of my projects to Spring 4.0.0.RELEASE
After deploying the project to my staging environment, I recognized an Exception with the following Message: bad major version at offset=6. My assumption is, that Sping 4 is not working with Java 6 (which I am forced to, because I can not change it on the system)
(Actually I even was not aware, that a JAR is depending on the Java Version)
Christian Rockrohr My assumption is, that Sping 4 is not working with Java 6
This is wrong assumption.
Spring requires JVM 1.6 or higher, as of Spring 4.0. *
Spring remains compatible with older versions of Java and the JDK: Concretely, Java SE 6 (specifically, a minimum level equivalent to JDK 6 update 10, as released in late 2008) and above are still fully supported. However, for newly started development projects based on Spring 4, we recommend the use of Java 7 or 8.
This look like running a Spring 4 application with JDK 1.5.
Christian Rockrohr: Indeet, there is Java 1.5 installed on my AS400, it is not Java 1.6. That's is the reason, why Spring did not work. I just returned to Spring 3.1.0.RELEASE and it worked.