The Play team is pleased to announce the first release candidate for Play 2.3.0. This release candidate is a feature complete version of Play 2.3.0, but it may have bugs in it. If it has any serious bugs then we’ll put out another release candidate with fixes. Otherwise this release will become Play 2.3.0.
We encourage the Play community to download this release candidate and test it out. See further down this email for instructions.
What’s new in Play 2.3
Introducing the activator command. You can use activator exactly like you would use play, but Activator brings new features too. (More about the Activator change.)
Better tooling for static assets. Play now uses sbt-web which gives faster asset processing, more features, and better extensibility.
Support for Java 8 (and continued support for Java 6 and 7).
Better Java performance. Simple Java controllers give 40–90% better throughput. (Thanks to YourKit for sponsoring licenses.)
Support for Scala 2.11 (and continued support for Scala 2.10).
Anorm enhancements: SQL string interpolation, multi-value parameters, new types, and more.
Web Services enhancements: separate client, SSL configuration, and more.
Play templates have become Twirl templates: separate project, new sbt plugin, still excellent integration with Play