About HJUG

HJUG is dedicated to the use of the Java™ Technology. We are one of the many Java User Groups worldwide. HJUG thanks Rice University Computer Science Department, Professors Dan Wallach and Robert 'Corky' Cartwright for their continuous sponsorship.

HJUG also thanks the Computer Science Technology Department of Houston Community College System, especially Abbas Alamnehe.

HJUG Officers

Jim Bethancourt
jimbethancourt AT gmail DOT com

Vice President of Free Stuff:
Clay Smith
uhclay AT gmail DOT com

Java Resource Coordinator:
Adam Roberts
aroberts AT alum DOT rit DOT edu

Houston TechFest Coordinator:
Stephen Nimmo
stephennimmo AT gmail DOT com

Java Community Process Representative:
Daniel Solano Gómez
jcp AT sattvik DOT com

Get Opinionated! Use Spring Boot!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by

Michael Slater

Spring Boot is an opinionated implementation of the old and popular Java Spring Framework. In this presentation, we'll cover general Spring Application concepts and highlight how Spring Boot provides production ready defaults for integrations with systems such as:

  • RabbitMQ
  • Kafka
  • MongoDB
  • SQL Databases
  • and more!

I'll also show some tricks on how to build base working features in Spring Boot and slowly override the conventions that aren't suited for your application. We'll end with a demonstration that highlights how easy integration testing your Spring Boot applications can be.

Michael Slater currently works as a Principal Consultant for Improving in Houston, TX. He uses Spring Boot every day to deliver high performing solutions in the real time data analytics space using various technologies such as Kafka, MongoDB, GCP, and more. Michael has also used Spring to create scalable micro-transaction systems at Trion Worlds and helped write the Spring Boot curriculum for a coding bootcamp. When he's not coding Michael is either playing Rocket League or riding his bike training for the MS-150.


Please RSVP

RSVP by going to Eventbrite. We will need an accurate head count in order to know how much pizza to order.


Improving is a complete IT services firm, offering training, consulting, recruiting, and project services. Our innovative solutions and processes have helped hundreds of clients across the globe realize their tactical and strategic business objectives. As a result, our 300 employees have accumulated extensive technology and management experience in several industries, including financial services, energy, travel, retail, government, and several others.

Our culture encourages both the inspiration and motivation to achieve amazing things. We are constantly striving to live out our values of Excellence, Dedication, and Involvement through the foundation of trust.

Meeting Location: PROS

3100 Main
10th floor
Houston, TX 77002

Suggested Parking:

Park across the street in the parking garage on Elgin (ideally on the 3rd floor) in any spot marked PROS Reserved (but not PROS Priority Reserved), taking a parking receipt as you enter the parking garage. Parking is free after 7:00 PM, so you won't have to pay as you exit. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor of the parking garage (if needed) and walk across the sky bridge. The HJUG meeting will be on the 2nd floor on the right just before you reach the elevator bank.

About our venue sponsor: PROS

We aren't your run-of-the-mill software company. We're true to our word. When we say your success is our number one priority, we mean it. We'll work side-by-side with you to deliver on every promise every time. At PROS, we don't just see ourselves building software. We see ourselves as building blocks in our customers' success stories.

Our Core Values:

  • Ownership - We take responsibility.
  • Passion - We love what we do.
  • Pride - We accept only the best.
  • Trust - We can be counted on.
  • Integrity - We do what's right.
  • Innovation - We create possibilities.
  • Customer Centricity - We put our customers first.

Door Prizes and Giveaways! - must RSVP on Eventbrite to win

Upcoming Meetings

Free membership. Free meetings. Free food (usually pizza).

Get Opinionated! Use Spring Boot!
Wed, Nov 28, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm

3100 Main
2nd floor
Houston, TX 77002


Java Training