I’m writing my first book and Spring AI 1.0.0 M1 has been released

Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of the newsletter. I know it's been a couple of weeks since you heard from me, but I promise I have some good reasons for that. I’m excited to announce that I have begun writing my first book!

This has been a significant career goal for me. I've always enjoyed writing, whether it's for this newsletter, my blog with over 1,000 posts, or documentation. It's something I've consistently enjoyed over the years. While this goal is not yet accomplished, I'm pleased to announce that I've started writing my first chapter.

I have had some offers to work on books over the years but the timing was never right. I have had little kids at home for the last 6 years and during those days of not sleeping I knew I couldn’t take on any extra work.

I also knew that I was going to hold to work on a book for a specific publisher. O’Reilly has long been the gold standard for tech books for me and you will find my bookshelf (Physical and Digital) lined with them. I knew that if I was going to write a book I wanted it to be with them. Lucky for me, I have been doing work with them on various projects over the years and the stars aligned with them on this one.

I have more to tell you about how this opportunity came up and who I’m co-authoring this book with (I’m really excited about that part) but that information will be coming soon. In the meantime I need to finish this newsletter and get back to writing the book. In this newsletter I want to talk about Spring AI 1.0.0 M1 and some things I have been working on around that release.

Spring AI 1.0.0 M1

The first milestone release of Spring AI happened when I was in Barcelona for Spring I/O. I had a chance to see a lot of the new features being demonstrated at the conference and I was really excited to get back home and try them all out. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the blog post announcing 1.0.0 M1 you can check it out here. If you look at the bottom of the announcement you will even see that I got a mention as a contributor to the project and that was AWESOME to see!

Spring AI Contributor

The first thing I did was go through my repository of examples that I use when I present on Spring AI and try to update them all based on the new features. I already thought that Spring AI was easy to use but the new fluent API for the chat client has made everything so much more concise and easy to read. Since the newsletter isn’t a great place to drop a bunch of code here is a screenshot that I think sums up the new API pretty well.

Spring AI Fluent API

After I went through and got all of my demos updated I was ready to share the new features with some friends. A couple of weeks ago I presented on Building Intelligent Applications with Spring AI to my friends at the San Francisco Java User Group. This meetup was recorded and when the recording becomes available I will share it with all of you.

Finally, we discussed the new release on last week’s episode of Spring Office Hours.

🗣️ Speaking

Last week I gave a presentation virtually to the JavaDay Lviv Conference. I really want to thank them for allowing me to share some of my favorite features in Spring Boot 3 and Beyond 🚀I’m not sure if these sessions were recorded, but I will look into that and if they were I will share them out.


This week I will be in Toronto giving a presentation on Spring AI and a Workshop on Spring AI which I am really looking forward to. Next week I will be at KCDC to both present on Spring Boot 3 and get some good BBQ with my friend DaShaun! As always if you want to find out where I will be next please check out my speaking page. If you would like to have me speak at your event please feel free to reach out to me.

🎥 My Videos

I only have one video to share with you this week but I think it’s a good one. This is an introduction to using HTMX in Spring along with some fun demos. If you want to learn about how to add dynamic behavior to your web applications without having to write JavaScript this video is for you!

Until Next Week

I hope you enjoyed this newsletter installment, and I will talk to you in the next one. If you have any links you would like me to include please contact me and I might add them to a future newsletter. I hope you have a great week and as always friends...

Happy Coding
Dan Vega
danvega@gmail.com. https://www.danvega.dev