Introducing Spring Boot

Learn how Spring Boot can have you writing applications in minutes.
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Are you familiar with the Java language but not quite sure how to start building applications for the real world? The Spring Framework is the standard for building applications in Java but this isn't your parents Spring Framework.

Long gone are the days of needing a PHD to setup a Spring Project. With the help of Spring Boot we can now have applications up in minutes instead of days. In this course we will take a quick moment to explain what the Spring Framework is and then move right into the fun stuff. We will learn all about Spring Boot as well how to setup our own development environment and how to use the tools that are required of us to be productive.

You will write your own Hello World application by the end of this short introduction to boot and be ready for more. What are you waiting for? This course is free and Spring is a skill employers are looking for so stop procrastinating and sign up today!

What are the requirements?

  • Students should be familiar with the Java and or Groovy Programming Language
  • Web Development Experience (HTML / CSS / JavaScript)
  • A computer that can run Java + IntelliJ or Eclipse

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what Spring Framework Is.
  • Understand what Spring Boot is.
  • Setup a development environement
  • Understand the tools needed to build Spring Boot Applications
  • Create a Hello World application from scratch

Who is the target audience?

  • Students new to Spring Boot
  • Students new & existing to the Spring Framework
  • You should NOT take this course if you have never used Java before.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction

About Me

Hello there. My name is Dan Vega and I will be your instructor for this Introduction to Spring Boot. I want take this opportunity to say thank you for signing up for this course. I have a real passion for teaching and I am so excited to lead you on this adventure.

About This Course

This course is designed to teach you how to get started with Spring Boot. You DO NOT need any prior experience with the Spring Framework but you should be familiar with the Java programming language.

What you will learn

  • Spring History Lesson
  • Development Environment
  • Hello, Spring Boot.

Teaching Style

Finally I just want to cover my teaching style. I like to teach the same way that I like to be taught which is by utilizing a mixture of presentation slides, code demos, exercises and quizzes. I have found that you are much more likely to retain knowledge by applying what you have learned. So don’t get comfortable. It might be the first day of school but we have a quiz coming up at the end of this section.


Spring Boot makes it easy to build Spring Framework applications. As I said in the introduction you don't need to know the Spring Framework to take this course. I am going to take this opportunity to give you a little background on what the Spring Framework is and why you should care about it.


Now that we know a little bit about what the Spring Framework is where does Spring Boot come into play. How is Spring Boot going to help me build Spring Framework Applications?


All of the code for this course is hosted on github. In this lecture I just want to show you how to get this source and the conventions I used for storing it.

4 questions

In this quiz we are just going to make sure we understand some of the basics that we covered in this section.


This is just a quick exercise to get you familiar with the Spring documentation.

Section 2: Development Environment
An overview of what we are going to cover in this section
In this tutorial you will learn how to install Java 8 on Windows.

In this tutorial you will learn how to install Java 8 on Mac OSX.

How to install Groovy on Windows using the Windows Installer
How to install Gradle on Windows
The Spring CLI (Command Line Interface) is a wonderful tool for interacting with Spring Boot projects. In this tutorial we will learn how to install it on Windows and how to use it.
In this tutorial we will learn how to install SDK Man and learn about what this tool is and how to use it. While we are here we should install Groovy/Gradle/Spring on Mac OSX
How to Install IntelliJ on Windows

How to install IntelliJ on Mac OSX

Section 3: Hello, Spring Boot
Hello, Spring Boot Intro

The Hello World Application is a typical start to learning any language. Here we are going to build a Spring Boot application from scratch. All you need for this is a text editor and you might want to take some notes because after this tutorial you will be writing your own application in your very first exercise.

In this exercise you will practice what you learned in the previous section
The Spring Initializr is a great way to start a Spring Boot project. In this tutorial we will look at how to use it and the different ways you can use it.
An overview of what a Build Tool is and why we would want to use one.

We installed Gradle in the previous section so how can we use to build our Spring Boot applications. Actually we don't even need Gradle because the project comes with a Gradle wrapper. What is Gradle and how do we use it.

We installed Maven in the previous section so how can we use to build our Spring Boot applications. Actually we don't even need Maven because the project comes with a maven wrapper. What is Maven and how do we use it.
3 questions
There are whole courses created to teach you what a build tool is and how to use it. We obviously can't do that here but lets make sure we understand what they are used for at a high level.

In this lecture we will discuss Starter POMs. You may have heard me talk about them throughout this course and now we are going to learn a little about them. Their only purpose is to provide the necessary dependencies to work with the library; see it as an opinionated view of what is required to get started. We will also go through a short demo that will help you understand how they work and take away the magic behind them.


How to create executable JARs and how to run them. We will also discuss the concept of Make JAR not WAR

In this lecture we will look at two tools that will help us speed up our development time on our project. We will look at how to bring them into our Spring Boot project and how to use them.
In the previous exercise you built your first Spring Boot application from scratch. In this exercise we are going to take some of the tools and concepts we learned in the section and build a more full featured web application.
Section 4: Bonus: Thank You & Coupon Code
Thank You!

I just want to thank you for taking this free getting started course. If you enjoyed this course I hope you will be inspired to sign up for my entire course and I have included a coupon to get the entire course for only $19.

There are some great resources that will be of great help along your journey into the Spring Framework and Spring Boot. I am going to list the ones I find helpful and try to update this when I find more.

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Instructor Biography

Dan Vega, Software Engineer

My name is Dan Vega and I am a Software Engineer based in Cleveland OH. I have been creating software for over 15 years now and I absolutely love my job. I love to learn new technologies but I enjoy teaching them to others even more. I started a blog about 8 years ago for that reason alone. I write about my adventures in software development and I love interacting with other developers. I also created a YouTube channel where I create short tutorials on anything that interests me. I have spoken at many user group meetings in Cleveland as well as conferences across the country.

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