Josh Long

Josh Long

Developer Advocate

San Francisco, CA

Expertise: Spring, Microservices, Kubernetes, CloudFoundry, EAI, Cloud Computing, YAML, Spring, Java, Architecture, Cloud, Full Stack

Josh (@starbuxman) became the first Spring Developer Advocate in 2010 and hasn’t looked back! He contributes (bugs, mostly..) to numerous open source projects, including Spring Boot and Spring Cloud.

What Can He Do For You?

Josh has a variety of talks and workshops on the following topics:

  • Spring Boot
  • Spring Cloud
  • Architecture
  • Microservices
  • Full Stack Java Development
  • GraphQL
  • Enterprise Application Integration
  • Workflow
  • Spring Data
  • ..and countless other ecosystem libraries

He is a world-renowned speaker who has spoken on every continent except Antarctica at thousands of events, shows, and organizations.

Spring Tips

Josh puts together a weekly series on YouTube, Spring Tips, where he explores the latest-and-greatest in the wide and wonderful world of Springdom

Books

Josh has authored a half dozen books on Spring, and some of them, like Reactive Spring are not terrible!

This Week in Spring

Josh has put out an installment of This Week in Spring over on the Spring blog every Tuesday - without fail, since the first week of January 2010! - that (attempts, and often fails to) round up the latest and greatest in the wonderful and wide world of Springdom.

A Bootiful Podcast

Josh is the host of a podcast called A Bootiful Podcast whose new episodes drop every Friday (roughly). In it, he sits down and talks to people that are smarter than he is (a shallow bar!) about the Spring and adjacent ecosystems.

Livelessons

Josh has done longer-form training courses - seen by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide - on the Livelessons platform since 2013.

Recent Podcasts

Observability guru Jonatan Ivanov on the future of observability in Spring Boot

2022-08-04 listen

Hi, Spring fans! In this installment, Josh Long (@starbuxman) talks to Spring observability guru Jonatan Ivanov (@jonatan_ivanov)

RabbitMQ rabbit-herder Dan Carwin

2022-07-28 listen

Hi, Spring fans! In this installment, Josh Long (@starbuxman) talks to a very busy rabbit-herder on the RabbitMQ team, Dan Carwin (@dcarwin)

Spring Cloud Kubernetes contributor Ryan Baxter

2022-07-21 listen

Hi, Spring fans! In this episode, Josh Long (@starbuxman) talks to a person who knows more than most about the awesome implications of both the words "Spring" and "Cloud," Spring Cloud Kubernetes ninja Ryan Baxter (@ryanjbaxter).

Nate Schutta: The Thinking Person’s Architect, My Friend, and Teammate

2022-07-14 listen

Hi, Spring fans! In this installment, Josh Long (@starbuxman) talks to his friend, teammate, and architect extraordinaire, Nate Schutta (@ntschutta)

Kubernetes contributor and fellow Tanzu Developer Advocate Leigh Capili

2022-07-07 listen

Hi, Spring fans! In this installment Josh Long (@starbuxman) talks to fellow teammate and Kubernetes ecosystem legend Leigh Capili (@capileigh) about Gitops, Kubernetes, Puppet/Chef, continuous delivery, how zoom scales if you deploy on-prem, being a developer advocate, Flux, and so much more.

Spring Developer Advocate Dan Vega

2022-06-30 listen

Hi, Spring fans! In this installment, Josh Long (@starbuxman) talks to fellow Spring Developer Advocate Dan Vega (@therealdanvega)

JVM and .NET legend Ted Neward on… just about everything

2022-06-23 listen

Hi, Spring fans! In this installment, I (@starbuxman) talk to my old friend, world-famous polyglot, code curmudgeon, software philosopher, industry veteran, and legend of ecosystems aplenty, Ted Neward (@tedneward)

Spring Framework contributor S?bastien Deleuze on GraalVM, AOT, project Leyden, and WebAssembly

2022-06-16 listen

Hi, Spring fans! In this installment Josh Long (@starbuxman) talks to Spring Framework contributor S?bastien Deleuze (@sdeleuze) on GraalVM, AOT, project Leyden, and WebAssembly.

Kubernetes legend and friend Cora Iberkleid on Tanzu, Cartographer, and more

2022-06-09 listen

Hi, Spring fans! In this installment, Josh Long (@starbuxman) talks to Kubernetes legend and fellow Tanzu Developer Advocate Cora Iberkleid (@ciberkleid) about Kubernetes and Cartographer supply chains.

Spring I/O founder, Spring trainer and community legend Sergi Almar

2022-06-02 listen

Hi, Spring fans! At long last, against all odds, Josh Long (@starbuxman) finally gets to talk to Spring I/O founder and more-than-a-decade-long friend Sergi Almar (@sergialmar) about an edition of Spring I/O after 2019!

Upcoming Appearances

Recent Spring Tips

2022-07-21 - Kubernetes Native Java (Redux, 2022)

2022-06-23 - Spring for GraphQL: Data

2022-06-22 - Spring for GraphQL: Security

2022-06-15 - Spring for GraphQL: Clients

2022-06-14 - Spring for GraphQL: RSocket and Subscriptions

2022-06-11 - Spring for GraphQL: Mutations

2022-06-10 - Spring for GraphQL: Batching Requests

2022-06-03 - Spring for GraphQL: Queries

2022-06-02 - Spring for GraphQL: the GraphQL Java Engine

2022-03-31 - Brave, Bold, and Boring YugabyteDB

Recent Blog Posts

Abstracts

Bootiful Kafka: Get the Message!

Hi, Spring fans! I once met Dave Chapelle (no, not that Dave Chapelle!), who was a legend from the messaging industry. He worked on SonicMQ and a bunch of other famous messaging initiatives. He also wrote the O'Reilly book on the Java Messaging Service. I met him once, asked him to sign my copy of the book. He wrote, "Get the message!" and then signed it. I always loved him for that. And that's what I want you to do. Spring Boot and Apache Kafka are leaders in their respective fields and it's no surprise that they work well together. Join me, Spring Developer Advocate Josh Long (@starbuxman) and we'll look at how to use Spring Boot and Apache Kafka to build better, scalable systems and services so that you, too, can get the message!

Cloud Native Java (5-10 Days)

?It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.? -W. Edwards Deming

Work takes time to flow through an organization and ultimately be deployed to production where it captures value. It?s critical to reduce time-to-production. Software - for many organizations and industries - is a competitive advantage.

Organizations break their larger software ambitions into smaller, independently deployable, feature -centric batches of work - microservices. In order to reduce the round-trip between stations of work, organizations collapse or consolidate as much of them as possible and automate the rest; developers and operations beget ?devops,? cloud-based services and platforms automate operations work and break down the need for ITIL tickets and change management boards.

But velocity, for velocity?s sake, is dangerous. Microservices invite architectural complexity that few are prepared to address. In this talk, we?ll look at how high performance organizations like Ticketmaster, Alibaba, and Netflix make short work of that complexity with Spring Boot and Spring Cloud.

In this workshop we'll look at how to build cloud-native Java applications. A cloud native application is:

  • elastic
  • agile
  • observable
  • robust

A cloud native application is one that is designed to fully exploit a cloud platform both in the application layer - where things decompose into microservices - and at the data layer where NoSQL offers better horizontal scaling and fitness for specific purpose. This is what we mean by elastic.

A cloud native application is one that is agile. It should be easy to write, change, test, deploy and operate. If the cost of change is prohibitive then normal people under normal situations won't do it. We must make doing the right thing - that which supports change - the easy thing.

A cloud native system is observable. It must support at-a-glance insight into what is happening in the system and support remediation. It must be instrumented at the application and systems levels to support the effort of crisis-management.

A cloud native application is one that is fault tolerant, or robust. If a service should fail, the system must be able to recover and degrade gracefully. Instead of trying to build a system that is predicated on the lie that things are highly available, build instead to optimize for time to remediation.

In this workshop we'll cover:

  • Basics - we'll look at Spring Boot application development concepts like auto-configuration and embedded web container deployments (Spring Boot)

  • REST APIs - we'll look at concerns like API versioning and hypermedia. (Spring MVC, Spring Boot, Spring HATEOAS)

  • Data Access - we'll model a service domain and define bounded contexts. (Spring Boot, Spring Data)

  • Observability - what happens when there's a problem with your production application? How quickly can your team respond? How do you know if you're making improvements to a system? How do you measure progress? How do you monitor individual applications? How do you monitor the flow of requests through circuit breakers? How do you trace requests across the system? Can you visualize all the services in the system? We'll look at how to surface information about your services and systems. (Spring Boot Actuator, Micrometer, Graphite, Spring Cloud Sleuth, OpenZipkin, Spring Cloud Hystrix Dashboard)

  • Testing - we'll look at the concepts of test-driven development. We'll cover unit testing individual components and mock them out. We'll look at how to test service interfaces. We'll look at how to write integration tests that don't sacrifice speed in order to be exhaustive using consumer driven contracts and consumer driven contract testing. (JUnit, Spring Boot, Spring MVC Test Framework, Spring Cloud Contract)

  • Routing and Load-Balancing - where does your service live? How do your clients find it? How do you handle custom routing requirements? How do you handle custom load-balancing? (Spring Cloud, Ribbon)

  • Message-driven and integration-centric architectures - We'll look at how to build microservices that talk to each other over messaging fabrics like Apache Kafka or RabbitMQ. We'll look at how to integrate existing systems and how to use messaging to connect disparate systems. (RabbitMQ, Spring Integration, Spring Cloud Stream)

  • Stream Processing - We'll look at how to build solutions that process ongoing data over time. We'll look at how to compose messaging-based microservices and orchestrate them over a cloud-based fabric. (Spring Cloud Stream, Spring Cloud Data Flow)

  • Partitioned Batch Processing - In this section we'll look at how to process large amounts of sequential data and scale the processing across a cloud fabric. We'll look at how to scale processing horizontally as our processing needs demand. (Spring Batch, Spring Integration)

  • Reliability Patterns - In this section we'll look at how to employ retries and circuit breakers to build fault-tolerence into service invocations. We'll look at approaches to gracefully degrade if a service invocation should fail. (Spring Cloud Hystrix, Spring Retry, Spring Boot)

  • Ad-hoc Task Processing - Need to send an email? Resize an image? Generate a report? In this section we'll look at a few ways to distribute these longer-running workloads across a cloud

Blogs

August 9, 2022
This Week in Spring - August 9th, 2022
August 4, 2022
A Bootiful Podcast: Observability guru Jonatan Ivanov on the future of observability in Spring Boot
August 2, 2022
This Week in Spring - August 1st, 2022
July 28, 2022
A Bootiful Podcast: RabbitMQ rabbit-herder Dan Carwin
July 26, 2022
This Week in Spring - July 26th, 2022
July 21, 2022
A Bootiful Podcast: Spring Cloud and Spring Cloud Kubernetes contributor Ryan Baxter
July 20, 2022
Spring Tips: Kubernetes Native Java (Redux, 2022)
July 19, 2022
This Week in Spring - July 19th, 2022
July 17, 2022
Spring Tips: Kubernetes Native Java (Redux, 2022)
July 14, 2022
A Bootiful Podcast: Nate Schutta: The Thinking Persons Architect, My Friend, and Teammate
July 12, 2022
This Week in Spring - July 12th, 2022
July 7, 2022
A Bootiful Podcast: Kubernetes contributor and fellow Tanzu Developer Advocate Leigh Capili
July 5, 2022
This Week in Spring - July 5th, 2022
June 30, 2022
A Bootiful Podcast: Spring Developer Advocate Dan Vega
June 28, 2022
This Week in Spring - June 28th, 2022
June 28, 2022
Today is the last day to submit to the SpringOne 2022 Call For Papers!
June 24, 2022
Spring Tips: Learn Spring for GraphQL (the last two episodes: parts 7 and 8)
June 23, 2022
A Bootiful Podcast: JVM and .NET legend Ted Neward on... just about everything
June 21, 2022
This Week in Spring - June 21st, 2022
June 16, 2022
Bootiful Podcast: Spring Framework contributor S??bastien Deleuze on GraalVM, AOT, project Leyden, and WebAssembly
June 14, 2022
Spring Tips: Learn Spring for GraphQL (parts 5 and 6 of an ongoing series)

Tanzu.TV Episodes

Code Samples

Reactive Revolution

Code that accompanies Josh Long’s “The Reactive Revolution” talk.

Bootiful Microservices

Microservices in Spring

Bootiful Reactive Microservices

Reactive Microservice workshop in Spring

The Spring REST Stack

RESTful service development with Spring