Cat’s pajamas

Spring Boot 1.1.4 supports the first stable Tomcat 8 release

Lucy Carey

Along with support for the ‘cat, this drop comes with improved logging configuration and numerous bug squashes.

Spring Boot
has now reached version 1.1.4, and is
available via
Maven Central
. This new release now supports
the first stable version of Tomcat 8 – Tomcat 8.0.9, if you want to
be really specific. In addition to numerous bug fixes, there’s
improved logging configuration, and logging levels can now be
configured in
or application.yaml.

Just 18 months after the project first came to
light, the first Spring Boot
went live this April. With this
technology, the goal is to simplify entry into the Spring-universe
by providing a quick intro to the development of Spring
applications – a mission that was prompted by a
for improved support for ‘containerless’ web 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.  

With the enterprise development landscape
growing ever more complicated, devs are hankering for simple
frameworks, with a minimal learning curve. Spring Boot is aiming to
be the answer to this particular dev trial.

If you want to see what can be achieved with
Boot kicking things into gear,, built with software like
 Spring Security, Spring Integration, Spring Boat, Spring
Data, XD, Reactor, Groovy and Grails, has recently been open
sourced as ‘
’. Named after the prolific astro-scientist
and intergalactic envoy
, Project Sagan is itself a working physical
communication  of what can be achieved with Spring technology,
and acts as a reference application for the use of the

For a comprehensive overview of Spring Framework
4 universe in its entirety, we recommend taking a once over of
Long’s article “
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. We also
recommend checking out this talk by Josh Long, filmed at JAX London
2013. In this session, Josh gives practical overview about
fundamental infrastructure improvements in Spring such as Java 8
support, and runs through integration with the latest Java EE


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