This Month in Spring - May 2020

May 13, 2020 Josh Long

Hi, Spring fans! Welcome to another installment of This Month in Spring! And what a month it's been! Usually, when I publish these roundups, I delight in being able to take stock of my life and recount the places I've been, people I've seen, and the things I've done. This month, however, is, of course, a little different. My family and I have spent another month - our second - sheltering at home, trying to avoid the COVID19 pandemic, as I'm sure a good deal many of you have been, too.

It has been equal measures exhausting, scary, and relaxing. I don't know if you need to hear this, my friends, but it is OK to find this situation terrifying, to feel anxiety. It's natural to feel dispirited. It has helped my family and me to remember that we're not alone - that others are going through the same situation - and that if we keep calm and carry on, as they say, we will get through this. My family and I have used this opportunity to rekindle friendships, to check in on elders in our respective families, and to - through our shared distance - forge stronger connections with people.

I've also been trying to use this time to learn new things. I love learning.; it's calming, and it's worked for me. What about you? Have you learned something exciting? Rekindled connections lost? How're you doing? I'd love to hear from you, as always. Sound off on Twitter (@starbuxman).

Now then, we've got a ton of stuff to get into today, so let's!  

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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