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Phil Webb

Phil Webb

Spring Framework commiter

San Francisco

Phil Webb is a Spring Framework developer and co-creator of the Spring Boot project. Prior to joining Pivotal and relocating to California, Phil worked for a number of UK technology companies.
Blog Posts by Phil Webb

Spring Boot 2.0.0 M5 available now

Spring Boot 2.0.0 M5 has been released and is now available from our milestone repository. This release closes 168 issues and pull requests and continues our progress towards 2.0 GA. Thanks to everyone that has contributed!

This milestone refines a number of items from M4, and provides a number of notable new features:

  • Initial support for Java 9 - We’ll continue to refine Java 9 support, but this release should work for basic applications. Check out this wiki page for more details.
  • OAuth 2.0 Client support from Spring Security - Spring Security is starting to ship more OAuth 2.0 features. This release of Spring Boot provides auto-configuration for Spring Security’s OAauth 2.0 client support.
  • JSON-B Support - We now offer support for JSON-B alongside our existing Jackson and Gson integrations. We continue to recommend Jackson as our default choice.
  • Session Actuator endpoint - Users of Spring Session can now view and expire sessions directly from the actuator.
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Spring Boot 1.4.3 Available Now

It is my pleasure to announce that Spring Boot 1.4.3 has been released and is available now from repo.spring.io and Maven Central.

Spring Boot 1.4.3 includes over 70 fixes, improvements and 3rd party dependency updates! Thanks to all that have contributed!

If you’re interested in helping out, check out the “ideal for contribution” tag in the issue repository. If you have general questions, please ask at stackoverflow.com using the spring-boot tag.

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Spring Boot 1.4 released

One behalf of the Spring Boot team, and everyone that has contributed, I am pleased to announce that Spring Boot 1.4.0 has been released and is available now from repo.spring.io, Maven Central and Bintray. This release adds a significant number of new features and improvements and builds on the latest release of the Spring Framework. For full upgrade instructions and “new and noteworthy” features please see the release notes.

Here are some of the highlights of v1.4:

Startup failure message

Spring Boot will now perform analysis of common startup failures and provide useful diagnostic information rather than simply logging a stack trace. For example, if you have a port clash, you’ll now see the following message:

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Spring Boot 1.4.0.M3 Available Now

Spring Boot v1.4.0.M3 is available now from the Spring milestone repository. This release closes over 150 issues and introduces a number of new features.

Highlights include:

  • Lots of bug fixes and improvements over M2 (thanks to everyone for trying the milestones).
  • Convention based error pages (want a custom 404, just add src/main/resources/public/error/404.html).
  • Improved ErrorPage registration support.
  • Support for pluggable OAuth2 Principal extraction.

For a complete list of changes, and upgrade instructions, see the Spring Boot 1.4 Release Notes on the WIKI and the updated reference documentation.

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Testing improvements in Spring Boot 1.4

One of the nice things about working for Pivotal is that they have a great agile development division called Pivotal Labs. The teams within Labs are big proponents of Lean and XP software methodologies such as pair programming and test-driven development. Their love of testing has had a particular impact on Spring Boot 1.4 as we’ve started to get great feedback on things that could be improved. This blog post highlights some of the new testing features that have just landed in the latest M2 release.

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Spring Boot 1.4.0.M2 Available Now

Spring Boot v1.4.0.M2 is available now from the Spring milestone repository. This is an absolutely massive release, closing over 180 issues and pull requests! Thanks to everyone that has contributed.

Highlights of the new release include:

  • ASCII Art banners generated from image files (gif,jpg or png).
  • Easier JsonSerializer and JsonDeserializer registration with @JsonComponent.
  • Couchbase support.
  • Neo4J support
  • Narayana transaction manager support.
  • Upgrades to Spring Framework 4.3, Hibernate 5.1, Jackson 2.7, Solr 5.5, Spring Data Hopper, Spring Session 1.2 & Hazelcast 3.6.
  • A massive overhaul of testing support including a new unified @SpringBootTest annotation, @MockBean and @SpyBean support, JSON AssertJ support and auto-configuration for tests.
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Spring Boot 1.3.2 released

Spring Boot 1.3.2 has been released and is available now from repo.spring.io and Maven Central.

This maintenance release includes a number of fixes and 3rd party dependency updates.

If you are upgrading from 1.3.1 there is one potentially breaking change; we now only search for messages.properties (and not messages*.properties) to enable auto-configuration of a message source. If you previously had a message file of the form messages_en.properties and you didn’t include a default messages.properties file, you will now need to add one.

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How not to hate Spring in 2016

Over the Thanksgiving weekend a 2014 article called “Why I hate Spring” by Sam Atkinson started doing the rounds on Twitter. It’s always interesting to listen to criticisms to see what we can do to improve Spring, much of Spring Boot was born out of listening to people talk about the problems that they faced with the framework.

In this blog post, I’ll try to address some of the concerns discussed in Sam’s article, and describe my personal Spring “best practices”. Before we get too much into the details though, it’s worth considering why less than optimal ways of doing things still exist in the framework.

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Spring Boot 1.3.0 released

One behalf of the Spring Boot team, and everyone that has contributed, I am pleased to announce that Spring Boot 1.3.0 has been released and is available now from repo.spring.io, Maven Central and Bintray. This release adds a significant number of new features and improvements and builds on the latest release of the Spring Framework. For full upgrade instructions and “new and noteworthy” features please see the release notes.

Here are some of the highlights of v1.3:

Developer Tools

A new spring-boot-devtools module has been added which aims to improve the development-time experience. The module provides:

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Spring Boot 1.3.0.RC1 Available Now

Spring Boot v1.3.0.RC1 is available now from the Spring milestone repository. This release closes almost 140 issues and merges 53 pull-requests! Thanks to everyone that has contributed.

We’re not planning on having a long release candidate phase, so please do try RC1 and let us know if you find any problems.

For a complete list of changes, and upgrade instructions, see the Spring Boot 1.3 Release Notes on the wiki and the updated reference documentation.

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