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, setting Spring Boot 1.0 to GA status with nary a shred of satire.

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 curve.

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 recently open-sourced 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 Cloud Foundry, 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 overhead.”

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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