This Month in Spring - August 2021

August 26, 2021 Josh Long

Hi, Spring fans! Welcome to another installment of This Month in Spring! It's my favorite time of the year. Yes, that's right: SpringOne is nearly upon us! SpringOne is, of course, our seminal, tentpole conference for all things JVM, Kubernetes, Spring Boot, microservices, data integration,  operations, continuous delivery, ASCII art, the fine and lost art of testing, and oh so much more. It's going to be jam-packed full of fun. It's also entirely free and online! Do not miss this! You can visit the website or check us out on Twitter (@springone) for more.

I'll be there and so will the rest of the Spring team! Do not miss this event. You'll learn about Spring Boot, GrapQL, Kubernetes, microservices, GraalVM and Spring Native, RSocket, the Spring Authorization Server, Azure Spring Cloud, observability, and SO MUCH MORE. I'm so excited, I've resorted to parody poetry as a way to express my joy!

Also, word to the wise: don't miss the keynotes. They're going to be spectacular!

What else has been going on? Let's see? Well, when last we talked, I was taking a much-needed, three week trip to Hawaii with my family. When I returned, I realized I had a mild case of COVID-19. (Thank you, vaccines!) It was "mild" in that I didn't need to go to the hospital, but I wouldn't wish that "mild" virus on anyone. It was awful. I had many mornings when I struggled to catch my breath. I finally tested negative last week, but that doesn't mean I'm entirely out of the woods yet. Evicting phlegm is the name of the game as I write this. Mercifully, all the other symptoms have since dissipated. Don't get this virus, folks. Do the right thing. As I've always said, some things should not be open-source. COVID-19 is one of them!

Anyway, enough about this, that, and the rest. Let's get to the roundup! There's a ton of good stuff to tide us over until the big event next week!

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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