This Month in Spring - April 2019

April 29, 2019 Josh Long

Hi Spring fans! What a month it's been since we last spoke! I've been trying to keep busy. I always try to keep busy. My new book, Reactive Spring (on Twitter as @ReactiveSpring) is now available for early-access reading on Leanpub! That's a big deal for me, anyway. It's not done yet, but you can already read it in ePub, Kindle, Mobi, and PDF files. It'll be available as a print-on-demand thing later. If you buy the book on Leanpub now at the cheaper price, you're entitled to the updates and finished product even as the book evolves and thickens out. This also provides a natural way for us to stay in touch: I want and value your feedback in developing the book!

In the last few weeks I've spoken at a few shows. I started in New York City at the Kafka Summit, then went east (and really far south!) to Capetown, and Johannesburg, South Africa for the SpringOne Tour events in South Africa. I went to Mauritius, an absolutely gorgeous little island nation in the Indian ocean for the Mauritius Developer Conference event there. I then went north and east to the epic ITKonect conference in Belgrade, Serbia. I then went even further east, to Shanghai, China, for meetings, and then to the Alibaba R&D Summit in Hangzhou, China. Then I continued east, this time returning to Los Angeles, California for the epic Coachella festival with my family. (The 13 year old loved it, so it was worth it.) THEN, it was off to Istanbul, Turkey for the SpringOne Tour event in Istanbul, and now - as I write this - I'm in what was, yesterday at least, the picture perfect and beautiful Chicago, Illinois. It's raining sideways today, though! That's fine. All the more reason to stay inside and talk to people who can teach me stuff! I'm here for the epic GOTO Chicago conference and customer visits. I love Chicago as its one of the major customer centers for Pivotal. Tons of really amazing organizations doing financial services and other types of demanding applications here. Not to mention, Intelligentsia Coffee is my jam.

All the while, I've been busy recording Spring Tips screencast installments (on Twitter as @SpringTipsLive). I wasn't really planning on doing these Spring Tips installments! There's just way too much cool stuff - I couldn't help it! Not to mention I didn't want to get behind otherwise I'd never catch up! I've done Spring Tips installments introducing the new WebMvc.fn programming model in Spring MVC, the new RSocket @Controller component model in Spring Framework 5.2.x and Spring Boot 2.2.x, and the new Spring Cloud Circuit Breaker project.

I've also been busy that little podcast of mine, A Bootiful Podcast (on Twitter as @BootifulPodcast), which is avaible on iTunes and Google Play, among other syndication channels. I got to talk to Spring Cloud Task and Spring Batch lead Michael Minella, Pivotal Field CTO Matt Stine, Rabobank's Roy Braam, and Microsoft's Kylie Liang and Theresa Nguyen. The podcast is still new so I can't tell you all how happy I am that people are subscribing and listening. If you like it, please leave a nice rating and/or review on iTunes or Google Play. It really helps to improve our circulation.

That's been my month. I've been trying to keep busy, but the community - as usual - is waaaay ahead of me! There's been tons of stuff so let's get to it!

About the Author

Josh Long (@starbuxman) is a Spring Developer Advocate at VMware. Josh is a Java Champion, a Google Developer Expert for Kotlin, author of six books (including O'Reilly's "Cloud Native Java: Designing Resilient Systems with Spring Boot, Spring Cloud, and Cloud Foundry") and the just released "Reactive Spring" (, six best-selling Livelessons video trainings (including "Building Microservices with Spring Boot Livelessons" with Phil Webb and "Spring Security Livelessons" with Rob Winch, and "Cloud Foundry Livelessons" with Josh McKenty), and an open-source contributor (Spring Boot, Spring Integration, Spring Cloud, Activiti and Vaadin). Josh also has a podcast, "A Bootiful Podcast," and does a series of screencasts, "Spring Tips", on YouTube ( Josh routinely blogs on the Spring blog (

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