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<title>Document structure</title>
<para>This part of the reference documentation explains the core functionality
offered by Gemini Blueprint.</para>
<para><xref linkend="blueprint"/> describes the relationship between Spring DM and OSGi 4.2
Blueprint Container specification (part of the Compendium Services) and the similiarities and
differences between them.</para>
<para><xref linkend="bnd-app-ctx"/> describes the relationship between an OSGi Bundle and a
Spring Application Context,
and introduces the Spring Extender Bundle support for instantiating
application contexts automatically.</para>
<para><xref linkend="app-deploy"/> describes how to deploy the Spring Framework jar files in
an OSGi environment, and how to reference external APIs from your
application bundles should you need to do so. This chapter also explains
some of the issues to be aware of when using existing enterprise
libraries not designed for OSGi in an OSGi environment.</para>
<para><xref linkend="service-registry"/> describes how to export Spring
beans as services in the OSGi service registry, and how to inject
references to OSGi services into beans. This chapter also defines how
the dynamic life-cycle of OSGi services and bundles is supported.</para>
<para><xref linkend="bundles"/> describes how to declare a bean
that represents an OSGi bundle, including support for installing new
bundles into the OSGi platform.</para>
<para><xref linkend="compendium"/> describes the support provided
for the <ulink url="">OSGi
Compendium Services</ulink>, specifically the Configuration Admin
<para><xref linkend="testing"/> explains the
integration testing support provided by Gemini Blueprint. This
support enables you to write simple JUnit integration tests that can
start up an OSGi environment, install the bundles needed for the
integration test, execute the test case(s) inside of OSGi, and return
the results to the runner. This makes it easy to integrate OSGi
integration testing into any environment that can work with