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Binding applications to HashiCorp's Vault with Spring in Cloud Foundry

In this article, we will dive in how to bind a Spring application to HashiCorp’s Vault service broker on Cloud Foundry.

Spring Boot provides a lot of autoconfiguration and external binding features, some of which are relevant to Cloud Foundry, and many of which are not. Spring Cloud Connectors is a library that you can use in your application if you want to create your own components programmatically, but it doesn’t do anything “magical” by itself.

Spring Cloud Connectors lays the foundation for connectors that integrate with various Cloud services. It has ships components that allow correct middleware configuration. Using CloudFoundry’s java buildpack comes with an “auto-reconfiguration” feature that tries to ease the burden of moving simple applications to the cloud.

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This Week in Spring - November 28th, 2017

Hi Spring fans and welcome to another installation of This Week in Spring! This week I’m in San Francisco and then off to Austin, TX for the epic G3 Summit. If you’re around don’t hesitate to say hi. Then, it’s straight back to San Francisco for next week’s premier agile, ops, apps and cloud-centric event worldwide, SpringOne Platform 2017. Do not miss this!

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Spring Integration for AWS 1.1 GA Available

I am pleased to announce that the 1.1.0.RELEASE of Spring Integration for Amazon Web Services is now available in the Spring release repository and Maven Central.

First of all thanks to all community members for any feedback and contributions to make features in this project available!

Some highlights what we have after a year and a couple months of amazing team work:

  • S3StreamingMessageSource to get access to S3 resources content on demand;

  • KinesisMessageHandler and KinesisMessageDrivenChannelAdapter for interaction with AWS Kinesis service;

  • DynamoDbMetaDataStore to store metadata in the AWS DymanoDB table;

  • And, of course, a ton of bug fixes!

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Spring Cloud Edgware.RELEASE Available

On behalf of the team and community, I am pleased to announce that the General Availability (RELEASE) of the Spring Cloud Edgware Release Train is available today. The release can be found in Maven Central. You can check out the Edgware release notes for more information.

Notable Changes in the Edgware Release Train

Spring Cloud Bus

Updates to allow Bus clients to implement remote events in independent packages.

Spring Cloud Task

See the blog post announcing Task 1.2.0.

Spring Cloud Commons

Adds support for back off policy when retrying requests.

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Spring Data Ingalls SR9 and Kay SR2 released

On behalf of the entire team, I’d like to announce the availability of Ingalls SR9 and Kay SR2 releases. We didn’t announce Ingalls SR8 at the time we shipped it, apologies for that.
The service releases ship over 90 issues fixed in total and are recommended upgrades for all users.

For your convenience the service releases are going to be picked up in the upcoming Spring Boot 1.5.9 release, and Kay SR2 will be part of Spring Boot 2.0 M7. You can find the complete list of issues fixed here for Ingalls SR9 and here for Kay SR2.

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Spring Framework 5.0.2 and 4.3.13 available now

Dear Spring community,

I’m pleased to announce that Spring Framework 5.0.2 and 4.3.13 are available now, as a pair of refinement releases which are recommended as immediate upgrades for all Spring users.
They will also be part of the upcoming Spring Boot 2.0 M7 and 1.5.9 releases, respectively.

5.0.2 comes with significant tightening-up across the framework, including performance improvements and fine-tuned configuration variants. Many of those changes have been backported to 4.3.13 for streamlined consumption in existing applications.

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End of first-class JDK 6 support

It is about time: The official end of of commercial JDK 6 support is coming up soon, with Oracle declaring December 2018 and IBM declaring April 2018 as the end of their extended support.

From a Spring perspective, we take the opportunity to deemphasize JDK 6 support on our end. We’ll keep tolerating a JDK 6 runtime in the entire Spring Framework 4.3.x line for all further maintenance releases. However, we won’t make compromises for JDK 6 anymore, asking you to upgrade to JDK 7+ for fixes that we’d have to work around specifically for JDK 6 on our end.

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Spring Cloud Skipper 1.0 M2 Released

On behalf of the team, I am pleased to announce the release of Spring Cloud Skipper 1.0 M2.

Skipper is a lightweight tool that allows you to discover Spring Boot applications and manage their lifecycle on multiple Cloud Platforms. You can use Skipper standalone or integrate it with Continuous Integration pipelines to help implement the practice of Continuous Deployment.

The 1.0 M2 release fixes several bugs and introduces a few new features.

  • Support for Postgres, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and HSQLDB databases.
  • Improved support for upgrading applications that use an HTTP location for the resource definition.
  • LRU cache used to manage disk space for HTTP and Maven based resources that are downloaded.
  • HTTP based resources are always downloaded, never cached.
  • Use updated CF Deployer library with an HTTP based health check.
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