The value of software communities is greater than ever

As I continue working on my new book, Learning Spring Boot, I have really noticed the value of communities today compared to when I became a professional software developer back in 1997. Back then, there were news groups and mailing lists, but not the same indexing of EVERYTHING, no Google Groups (which just made searching/workingRead More

Recently wrapped up Chapter 1 – “Quick Start with Groovy”

Late last week, I wrapped up chapter one, “Quick Start with Groovy”. Whenever I present Spring Boot for the first time to a group, I lead with what Rob Winch snappily tweeted last August: @Controller class ThisWillActuallyRun { @RequestMapping(“/”) @ResponseBody String home() { “Hello World!” } } — Rob Winch (@rob_winch) August 6, 2013 ThisRead More

Post processing AsciiDoc outputs with a #SpringBoot script

I’ve made great strides getting things to look nice with my AsciiDoc-to-LibreOffice outputs. But I ran into issues that I couldn’t solve with asciidoc-packt. Text wrapped in **double asterisks** wouldn’t appear with the Key Word [PACKT] styling applied. Bullet point lists have a special style for the last entry, probably to grant additional spaces afterwards beforeRead More