This Month in Spring - April 2020

April 10, 2020 Josh Long

Hi, Spring fans! Welcome to another fairly calm (and healthy, at least for us) month in Spring. I've been busy, even if I've been grounded for the last month. The last month's been crazy! First of all, I've been home the entire time since we last spoke. I suspect most of you reading this were also home since we last spoke, too. So at least there's that in common, right? 

How are you, my friends? I'd love to hear from you! I hope you are all healthy and happy.

That doesn't mean that there was nothing to savor or celebrate! We celebrated not one but two different birthdays.

First, we celebrated the 16th birthday of Spring Framework 1.0 GA on the 24th of March, 2020. What a journey! And of course, the person who announced that that version, the amazing Thomas Risberg (@trisberg), is one of many people who were there then and are still here on the Spring team now. Spring's come a long way since then! Check out the blog itself. If you want to see the original blog in all of its early-2000s glory, it's here on the Internet Wayback machine.

Then, on the 1st of April, 2020, we celebrated the 6th birthday of Spring Boot 1.0 GA! Happy birthday my old friend!

Then, as if the month wasn't exciting enough, we got Java 14! This is totally worth a look. I even did a Spring Tips video introducing some of the new features.

I enjoyed presenting at the DevDotNext online show, and at Spring Live, our online-only show as well. We generated over 20,000 in donations for charities to support the COVID 19 crisis response.

I'll also be presenting at the AllTheTalks show on the 15th of April. That too should also generate a ton of money for the COVID19 crisis response.

In the meantime, if you've already finished all that good online content and waiting for the next online shows, then be sure to check out the content below. We've got another extra-meaty installment this month, 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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