This Month in Spring - September 6, 2018

Yah; I know. I thought I'd seen the last of this animated art that went out promoting SpringOne Platform 2017, too, but, here we are.. @_@

Hi Spring fans! Welcome to another installment of This Month in Spring! First of all: how do you like these monthly roundups? They working for ya'? We sure hope so! My sincerest hope is that there's an overwhelming amount of information in each installment. The content reflects a curated aggregation of the latest and greatest over a whole month's time. Even filtered and curated, there's a ton of stuff! People dig this stuff, after all :) One thing I've been trying to do a better job of is curating content in other languages. Do you write or produce videos or podcasts in other languages about Pivotal ecosystem technologies like Spring, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, Redis, Apache Tomcat, RabbitMQ, Apache Geode, and others? I'd love to hear from you by email or on Twitter.

We've got a ton of good stuff this month! We're ramping up to SpringOne Platform 2018, being held September 24-27th in Washington DC. SpringOne Platform 2018 wil be the biggest event for all things JVM and enterprise. Want to learn about cloud computing, big data, agile, testing, microservices, and so much more, as applied using technologies like Spring? This conference is the gravity well for the industry. Join us in Washington D.C. for the biggest and best event for the premier event for JVM developers where you'll hear practicioners from all around the ecosystem talking about their work, and how Pivotal helped them get to production faster. You'll also learn all about the latest and greatest from the source, the engineers working on the technology that underpins your enterprise software.

As for me, I've been trying to keep busy! I've been publishing a new eight part series on Spring Cloud GCP, with new installments trickling out every Monday and Thursday. See the latest installment that just dropped, this one looking at messaging and integration with Spring Cloud GCP and Google Cloud GCP. I've also been in Los Angeles, Seattle, NYC, and Chicago, and in San Francisco, speaking at meetups and with customers. I've also been doing online trainings! My next online training is for O'Reilly, looking at Spring Boot and Kotlin, on September 5th, 2018: join us! Kotlin has just overtaken Scala, and long-since overtook Groovy, as the most inquired-on JVM language on StackOverflow. Naturally, there's a million ways to interpret that number, but I'm using it as a relative proxy for interest, if not yet production use. Surely, though, with Kotlin being usable as a build tool (Gradle has a Kotlin DSL), as a native language that can talk to native C and C++ APIs (with Kotlin Native which is an LLVM frontend), on mobile (with Android), on the and on the server-side (with Spring Boot) and on the front frontend (with Kotlin.js), there's a usecase that applies to you! A better C/Go? A better Typescript? A better Java?

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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