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Michael Minella

Michael Minella

Spring Batch & Cloud Task Lead

Naperville, IL

Michael Minella is a software engineer, teacher and author with over a decade of enterprise development experience. He is the project lead of Spring Batch and a member of the expert group for JSR-352 (java batch processing). Michael is the author of Pro Spring Batch from Apress and the popular Refcard JUnit and EasyMock. Outside of the daily grind, Michael enjoys spending time with his family as well as hobbies including woodworking, photography, and InfoSec.
Blog Posts by Michael Minella

Spring Cloud Task 1.0.2.RELEASE is now available

We are pleased to announce that Spring Cloud Task 1.0.2.RELEASE is now available via Maven Central, Github and the Pivotal download repository. This release provides some minor enhancements including persisting of the completion of a task when terminated by an external signal. Many thanks to all of those who contributed to this release.

Spring Cloud Task Home | Source on GitHub | Reference Documentation

We look forward to your feedback in Github, StackOverflow, to me directly via Twitter @michaelminella or at SpringOnePlatform next week!

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Spring Cloud Task 1.0.1.RELEASE is now available

We are pleased to announce the release of Spring Cloud Task 1.0.1.RELEASE. This is the recommended GA release for Spring Cloud Task and is available from Maven Central as well as the usual other locations.

How did we get here?

Spring Cloud Task, is a step in an evolution of data applications in the Spring portfolio. As we announce this release, it may be helpful to look at how we got to this point.

It began with Spring Batch

Built upon the Spring portfolio, the evolution of this type of finite workload really began with Spring Batch. One of the main workload specific extensions of the Spring framework, Spring Batch provided functionality for performing finite amounts of processing in an enterprise friendly way. With multiple processing models (Tasklet vs Chunk) as well as scalability options that allowed for optimizing data processing both within a single JVM and using multiple JVMs. Spring Batch has served as the standard bearer of finite processing on the JVM for many years.

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Spring Cloud Task 1.0.0.RC1 is now available

We are pleased to announce the release of Spring Cloud Task 1.0.0.RC1. This is the first release candidate of the Spring Cloud Task project!

What’s New?

This release really represents the polishing of the functionality that existed within 1.0.0.M2:

  • The TaskRepository
  • Task listeners
  • Task integration with Spring Batch
  • Task integration with Spring Cloud Stream

There are a few minor breaking changes (renaming of a few methods) but those are all to get things right for our 1.0.0.GA. This release will serve as the baseline version of Spring Cloud Data Flow’s 1.0.0.RC1 as well.

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Spring Cloud Task 1.0.0.M2 is now available

We are pleased to announce the release of Spring Cloud Task 1.0.0.M2. This is the second milestone of the Spring Cloud Task project with some exciting new features!

What’s New?

With the M1 release of Spring Cloud Task, we introduced the concept of a task, the @EnableTask annotation, and the general concept of a microservice that has an end. We’ve been quite busy since then. Some of the highlights of what is new include:

  • Spring Cloud Task Listeners
  • Integration with Spring Cloud Stream
  • Integration with Spring Batch
  • More samples
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Spring Batch 3.0.7.RELEASE is now available

We are pleased to announce that Spring Batch 3.0.7.RELEASE is now available via Maven Central, Github and the Pivotal download repository. This is the 7th maintenance release for the 3.0.x branch of Spring Batch and addresses a number of minor bug fixes and enhancements. Most important of them, it addresses compatibility issues with the latest Spring Data release as well as adding updates to support the latest Hibernate releases. Many thanks to all of those who submitted the many pull requests that went into this release.

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Introducing Spring Cloud Task

Today we are pleased to introduce a new project in the Spring portfolio, Spring Cloud Task. Under the umbrella of the Spring Cloud grouping of projects and the sister project of Spring Cloud Stream, Spring Cloud Task aims to bring functionality required to support short lived microservices to Spring Boot based applications. With this blog post, we are releasing our first milestone of the project and are eager for your input and feedback.

The Goals of Spring Cloud Task

In most cases, the modern cloud environment is designed around the execution of processes that are not expected to end (think web applications or stream modules). If they do, it's considered a failure by the platform and they are typically restarted. While many platforms do have some method to execute a process that is expected to end (a batch job for example), the results of that execution are typically not maintained in a consumable way. Yet for mission critical applications, even though they are short lived, they still have the same non-functional requirements long lived processes have.

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Spring Batch 3.0.6.RELEASE is now available

We are pleased to announce that Spring Batch 3.0.6.RELEASE is now available via Maven Central, Github and the Pivotal download repository. This is the 6th maintenance release for the 3.0.x branch of Spring Batch and addresses a number of minor bug fixes and enhancements. Many thanks to all of those who submitted the many pull requests that went into this release.

Spring Batch Home | Source on GitHub | Reference Documentation

We look forward to your feedback in Jira, StackOverflow, or to me directly via Twitter @michaelminella.

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Spring Batch 3.0.5.RELEASE is now available

We are pleased to announce that Spring Batch 3.0.5.RELEASE is now available via Maven Central, Github and the Pivotal download repository. This is the 5th maintenance release for the 3.0.x branch of Spring Batch and addresses a number of minor enhancements as well as bringing Spring Batch fully compatible with Spring Framework 4.2. Many thanks to all of those who submitted the many pull requests that went into this release.

Spring Batch Home | Source on GitHub | Reference Documentation

We look forward to your feedback in Jira, StackOverflow, or to me directly via Twitter @michaelminella.

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Spring Batch 3.0.4.RELEASE is now available

We are pleased to announce that Spring Batch 3.0.4.RELEASE is now available via Maven Central, Github and the SpringSource download repository. This is the 4th maintenance release for the 3.0.x branch of Spring Batch and addresses a number of bugs and a few minor enhancements. Many thanks to all of those who submitted the many pull requests that went into this release.

Spring Batch Home | Source on GitHub | Reference Documentation

We look forward to your feedback in Jira, StackOverflow, or to me directly via Twitter @michaelminella.

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Spring Batch and Spring Batch Admin Releases

We are pleased to announce a number of Spring Batch related releases today. A bug fix release for Spring Batch, a bug fix release for Spring Batch Admin and a milestone release for the new version of Spring Batch Admin are all now available.

Spring Batch 3.0.3

Spring Batch 3.0.3 represents the latest maintenance release for Spring Batch, addressing a number of enhancements and minor bug fixes. New features in Spring Batch 3.0.3 include:

Improved Support For JSR-352 Custom Infrastructures

Before this release, the only way to override the infrastructure provided by Spring Batch out of the box for JSR-352 configured jobs was to include the configuration in the job's context. This prevented the ability to configure a global override for really shared components. With 3.0.3, you can now specify the location of a Spring configuration via a System property that can override the existing infrastructure.

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