This Month in Spring - November 2021

November 23, 2021 Josh Long

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi, Spring fans!

Can you believe it's nearly December 2021? I'm still getting used to the idea that we're already in 2021 and now the year's nearly behind us! Stop the world, I want off! Time's sure flying.

I've been keepin' busy - you know, the usual mix of podcasts, YouTube videos, blogs, conference talks, and so on.

This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US, where I live. it's a time during which we Americans try to be thankful for what we have. And me, personally? I've got a lot of things for which I am grateful, this week and always.

I am thankful for my family and friends. A person is the company they keep, and I am lucky to have excellent company in my life.

I am thankful for my health. Right now, pandemic be danged, I'm healthy and happy, something for which I am endlessly grateful because I know what it's like not to be healthy.

I am thankful for the fantastic Spring ecosystem. It's an endlessly replenishing fount of awesomeness. Have you tried the new Spring Native 0.11 preview support (now available on the Spring Initializr!)? It's amazing. My GraalVM native-image applications are about 30% faster in startup and take even less memory at runtime. It's amazing! It's trivial to get native images for of many kinds of workloads - Spring Integration, Spring Batch, Spring Data, Spring Security, Spring Webflux, JPA, RSocket, Spring Webflux, R2DBC, Spring Cloud, and so much more.

And we, dear community, are kind of like a big ol' virtual family. So I know I speak for the entire Spring team when I say that we are very, very, very thankful for you, too. Thank you.

And lastly, I am thankful for the new and novel. That's a massive part of the reason I put this roundup together every week. Idle hands are the devil's playthings, as they say. But, this community is so vibrant that there's always something fun to explore! And, on that note, let's get to this month's roundup...

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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