On behalf of the team and everyone that contributed, I am pleased to announce that the first milestone of Spring Boot 2 has been released and is available from our milestone repository. This release closes over 300 issues and pull requests!
This first milestone builds on and requires Spring Framework 5.0.RC1. There are a number of nice refinements in Spring Framework 5 including extensive support for building reactive applications.
Highlights of this first milestone include:
- A complete rewrite of the Gradle plugin (including a dedicated guide).
- Support of reactive web application development using WebFlux or WebFlux.fn: dedicated
spring-boot-starter-webfluxstarter using Netty by default, support for
@WebFluxTestfor testing your reactive controller and reactive data support for MongoDB, Redis and Cassandra.
- Major dependencies upgrade across the portfolio: Spring Data Kay M3, Spring Security 5.0 M1, Spring Integration 5.0 M4, Spring AMQP 2.0 M4, Spring Session 2.0 M1, and Spring Batch 4.0 M2
- Relaxed binding has been improved.
If you want to get started and discover those new features, you can easily bootstrap a new project on https://start.spring.io.