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Martin Lippert

Martin Lippert

Developer Tools Engineering, Spring Tool Suite Lead

Hamburg, Germany

Martin leads the Spring Tool Suite and the Spring IDE projects at Pivotal and works together with the tools team on providing the best developer tools out there for Spring and Cloud Foundry. In addition to that he works on next generation developer tooling and innovative new architectures for cloud-based developer tooling. Before joining the Spring family at Pivotal, Martin co-founded it-agile, a leading consulting and development company focused on agile software development.
Blog Posts by Martin Lippert

Spring Tools 4.16.1 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.16.1 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

major changes to the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse distribution

  • early access builds available for Spring Tools 4 on Eclipse 2022-12 milestones

important note for upgrading from a release prior to 4.16.0 on Eclipse

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Spring Tools 4.16.0 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.16.0 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

major changes to the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse distribution

  • updated to Eclipse 2022-09 release (new and noteworthy)
  • new distribution build for Linux on ARM included now (experimental) - downloads are here
  • m2e 2.0.5 release included in distribution builds for Eclipse

important note for upgrading from a previous installation on Eclipse

  • Due to the major update to m2e 2.0 that comes with the Eclipse 2022-09 release, several additional third-party m2e connector extensions that the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse distribution had installed in the past are no longer compatible. This prevents the automatic update of installations of Spring Tools prior to 4.16.0 to the new release. There are two options how to mitigate this:
  • start with a fresh install of Spring Tools 4.16.0 for Eclipse
  • go to the Preferences -> Installation Details and uninstall the following features via the Uninstall button, then restart the IDE, do a Check for Updates, and do the upgrade.
    • Maven Integration for Eclipse JDT Annotation Processor Toolkit
    • m2e connector for mavenarchiver pom properties
    • m2e connector for build-helper-maven-plugin
  • Eclipse 2022-09 comes with ANSI coloring for the console view built-in, so we don’t need to third-party extension Ansi Console anymore. If you upgrade an existing installation, please uninstall this extension prior or after upgrading Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse.
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Spring Tools 4.15.3 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.15.3 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

fixes and improvements

  • (Spring Boot) fixed: Spring Boot Tools slow down code complete (#808)
  • (Language Server) fixed: Copied files should retain copyright ownership (#807)

To download the distribution for Eclipse and find links to the marketplace entries for Visual Studio Code and Theia, please go visit:

Detailed changes can be found here: https://github.com/spring-projects/sts4/wiki/Changelog#2022-08-11-4153-release-incl-language-servers-version-1380

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Spring Tools 4.15.2 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.15.2 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

fixes and improvements

  • (Spring Boot) fixed: Validation errors on @@ placeholders in YAML editor (#711)
  • (VSCode) fixed: Live process is not auto connected when app is launched in internalConsole (#794)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: Cleanup / reduce verbosity of diagnostic output in Eclipse logs (#798)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: Not properly disposed SWT resource was caused Spring Starter Project (#797)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: avoid live hover connection attempt when deploying app to docker without actuator (#716)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: Devtools integration with boot dash docker is broken (#724)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: Pause / Resume for docker boot dash malfunctions (#783)
  • (Concourse) fixed: Concourse extension (in vscode) doesn’t allow on_error in Steps (#737)
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Spring Tools 4.15.1 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.15.1 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

fixes and improvements

  • (Spring Boot) fixed: VScode incorrectly suggests removing @Autowired annotation from methods (#787)
  • (Spring Boot) fixed: VScode quick fix should not suggest removing @Autowired annotation from JUnit tests (#786)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: Not able to extract the new version of spring-tool-suite-4-4.15.0.RELEASE-e4.24.0-win32.win32.x86_64.self-extracting.jar on windows 11 (#788)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: Cannot open Spring Boot Language Server Java Editor settings menu (#789)
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Spring Tools 4.15.0 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.15.0 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

major changes to the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse distribution

fixes and improvements

  • (Spring Boot) fixed: vscode-sts: an edge case of workspace symbol for @PutMapping (#781)
  • (VSCode) fixed: Failed to refresh live data from process 12704 - com.xxxx.xx.xxx.BillingServiceApp after retries: 10 (#748)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: The Spring Boot Language Server is not immediately shutdown after closing the last open editor to avoid the need to restart the server when you open the next file (related to #568)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: When opening symbols, open the compilation unit from the relevant project (#769)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: The issue with the internal web browser not being able to open HTTP URLs on macOS got fixed. If you prefer to use the internal browser instead of an external one, you can make that switch in the preferences.
  • (Concourse) fixed: Update Concourse registry-image schema (#777)
  • (Concourse) fixed: Add registry_mirror & across as a known properties (#752)
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Goodbye Spring IDE - Welcome Spring Tools 4

On August 31 of 2004, only a few months after version 1.0 of the Spring Framework itself got released, Torsten Jürgeleit created a repository and made the initial commits to a project that became the tooling support for Spring in Eclipse, the Spring IDE project (while the roots of that work are probably going back further in time, as the comment of the first commit to the repository reads like there was a CVS repository even before that time.). Shortly after, Christian Dupuis joined, led the project for many years and initiated the Spring Tool Suite on top of Spring IDE.

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Spring Tools 4.14.1 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.14.1 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

fixes and improvements

  • (Spring Boot) fixed: use startupSnapshot instead of startup timer call to avoid wiping out the underlying data
  • (Spring Boot) fixed: When vscode opens a Java project for about 2 hours, the suggestion function will fail (#750)
  • (VSCode) enhancement: live hovers are now automatically show up when you launch a Spring Boot application in VSCode. Additional JVM args for the Spring Boot app to enable JMX are added to the launch automatically. More details can be found in the user guide section about Live Application Information.
  • (VSCode) enhancement: add extension APIs to get live data (#751) - contributed by @Eskibear
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Spring Tools 4.14.0 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.14.0 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

major changes to the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse distribution

fixes and improvements

  • (VSCode) fixed: VSCode Spring boot tools 1.30.0 error trying to find JVM (#726)
  • (VSCode) fixed: vscode “Problems” diagnostic entries lack “source” field (#725)
  • (VSCode) fixed: orphan vscode extension processes left running (#704)
  • (VSCode) fixed: deadlock in language server process avoids process to be shutdown (#741)
  • (VSCode) fixed: Outline View is broken again on Windows (#742)
  • (VSCode) fixed: boot-java.live-information.automatic-tracking.on is not working on vscode (#733)
  • (VSCode) fixed: Java 17 is mis-identified as Java 8 (#713)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: Deadlock with Spring LSP in Eclipse 4.23 with STS 4.23 nightlies (#729)
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Spring Tools 4.13.1 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.13.1 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

fixes and improvements

  • (Spring Boot) improvement: Consider if content assist can be offered for spring.config.import property keys (#536)
  • (Spring Boot) fixed: YAML editor generates wrong EOL characters in Windows (#709)
  • (VSCode) fixed: Always pop up a prompt box: indexing spring boot properties (#697)
  • (VSCode) fixed: Spring Boot Tools for VS Code incorrectly misidentifies internal JDK for Language Support for Java as a JRE (#715)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: Create or modify new project - maven update problem (#703)
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