On behalf of the Spring Data team, I’d like to announce the availability of the Lovelace RC2 release. This ships in preparation of Spring Boot 2.1 M2 and, of course, our own GA release mid-September. The release ships with 82 tickets fixed. You can find more details in the the updated and curated release wiki.
A pretty late but significant new feature has made it into the release: deferred repository initialization for Spring Data JPA. The feature allows your startup to use Spring Framework’s JPA background initialization option more effectively and can significantly cut down startup time. See the previewing example for details.