Alive and kicking

Spring Boot 1.0 goes GA

Lucy Carey

“Bootstrapping” tool allows devs to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring-based applications that run right out of the box.

It’s a risky business going live with a legitimate product
launch on

April 1st
, but Spring pulled it off aplomb yesterday,
Boot 1.0
to GA status with nary a shred of

The cogs for the release were first set into motion
eighteen months ago, thanks to a request for improved
support for ‘containerless’ web application architectures. With the
enterprise development landscape growing ever more complicated,
devs are hankering for simple frameworks, with a minimal learning

54 contributors, 549 issues, 398 forks, and 1720
commits later, Boot is officially ready to try on. For an example
of the technology can achieve, you need look no further than itself, which was
to serve as a Spring reference application.

Essentially, Spring Boot allows for auto configuration
of Spring applications without the need for manual configuration of
 environmental requirements. The software is supported by
, allowing for “seamless” deployment to the cloud,
although Boot applications can also be used with other providers,
or within personal data centres.  

Moreover, Spring Developer Advocate Josh Long writes
that, “Spring Boot takes an opinionated,
convention-over-configuration view of the Spring platform and
third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. It
focuses attention on your application and away from the conceptual

For a comprehensive overview of Spring Framework 4
universe in its entirety, we recommend taking a once over of Long’s
article “Have
you seen Spring lately?
” (published in November 2013), which
looks in detail at the latest and greatest Spring projects and
their place in the Spring IO platform.

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