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Yes you can, although that support is deprecated and will be removed in one of the future versions of spring (as with all the deprecated things). How to do that is explained in the reference guide, I suggest you give it a read.
Yes. I agree with you the simpleformcontroller is deprecated. So, in Spring 3 if I need to use forms I have to use annotations, as in future releases we may not have the simpleformcontroller or any other controllers that were supported in Srping 2.5 version(it is present in portlet).
That is a good question. I am developing new application, want to use all latest versions. So, that I can learn as well develop the same. when using the Spring 3, learnt that we should use annotation for MVC, not sure why only annotations are supported as part of MVC (any strong reasons for this drastic change in framework). Is Spring newer releases going annotation way?
The old style controllers are still supported but deprecated. The switch was made because with annotations you have more flexibility in writing your controllers then with the old style controllers. It is all about flexibility especially with the upcoming 3.1/3.2 releases this will show (although3.0 was a great step forward compared to 2.5).