Often it is nice if a service provides its own banner. Then you can easily recognize the start of the service, even when you just take a quick glimpse. Its even nicer if the banner could provide colors, just in case you have a log or a terminal that supports colored output. With the release 1.3.0 of Spring Boot it is possible to display colorful banners.
For my Chatty demo, I quickly created a banner using an ASCII art generator, like http://patorjk.com/software/taag/#p=display&f=Graffiti&t=Chatty. if you save it in a file named banner.txt and put it under src/main/resources, it would be displayed like:
With a little bit of ANSI colors I got
You find the current Chatty banner.txt here.
If you want to have it really colorful, you could create a banner like
You find the source for the above banner.txt here.
All in all, it was fun creating a new banner for my Spring Boot based demo service.