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Spring Boot 1.1.4 supports the first stable Tomcat 8 release

Spring Boot has now reached version 1.1.4, and is available via repo.spring.io and 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 application.properties or application.yaml.

Just 18 months after the project first came to light, the first Spring Boot major release 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 request for improved support for 'containerless' web application architectures.

Essentially, Spring Boot allows for auto configuration of Spring applications without the need for manual configuration of  environmental requirements. The software is supported by Cloud Foundry, 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, Spring.io, built with software like  Spring Security, Spring Integration, Spring Boat, Spring Data, XD, Reactor, Groovy and Grails, has recently been open sourced as ‘Project Sagan’. Named after the prolific astro-scientist and intergalactic envoy Carl Sagan, 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 spring.io stacks.

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. 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 APIs.

Lucy Carey

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