Josh Long

Josh Long

Spring Developer Advocate

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Josh (@starbuxman) is the Spring Developer Advocate at Pivotal and a Java Champion. He's host of "A Bootiful Podcast" (, host of the "Spring Tips Videos" (, co-author of 6+ books (, and instructor on 8+ Livelessons Training Videos (
Blog Posts by Josh Long

Elastic and Microsoft Azure - Unified Observability for Spring Boot applications

Hi, Spring fans! Today, we are excited to announce the availability of Elastic integrations for unified observability of Spring Boot applications on Azure. You can seamlessly ship Microsoft Azure Spring Cloud logs and metrics into Elastic, instrument Spring Boot apps, and monitor every step of your cloud journey. And gain a holistic view across Spring Boot applications and other logs and metrics in your cloud and on-premises environments.

Over the past two years, we worked with many enterprise customers to learn about the scenarios they face. Many of these customers have thousands of Spring Boot applications running in on-premises data centers. As they migrate these applications to the cloud, they need to aggregate logs and metrics from these applications and instrument them for application performance monitoring (APM) using solutions their developers are familiar with and have been using for years. In addition, they must ensure continuity for existing server-side software that are already shipping logs and metrics and are pre-instrumented for end-to-end monitoring using systems like Elastic. You can gain deeper application visibility, reduce the time spent on root cause analysis, and provide a consistent customer experience in your web and mobile applications. A 2021 survey learnings also indicated that “end-to-end monitoring” is the second biggest challenge DevOps and IT managers face as they migrate Spring Boot applications to the cloud. With the integration of Azure Spring Cloud logs and metrics in Elastic, you can streamline your journey and easily instrument your Spring Boot applications for unified observability.


This Week in Spring - January 18th, 2022

Hi, Spring fans! Welcome to another jam-packed, fun-filled, rock’em sock’em installment of This Week in Spring! It’s the 18th of January and I’m feelin’ great because I just got back from a three-day weekend. Here in the US, we celebrated on Monday the life of the good Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist who advanced the plight of African American civil rights. Dr. King is another one of my favorite doctors, along with Drs. Syer, Strange, Who, Subramaniam, and Pollack.

How’re you? We’ve got a lot to cover so let’s get to it!


This Week in Spring - January 11th, 2022

Hi, Spring fans! How’re you? I’m fresh off my three weeks respite and this is my first blog back on the clock officially! It’s so good to be back. I’ve been busy over the break, working on updating my blog and on updating the Reactive Spring book. Fun, fun! Anyway, we’ve got a fun week to recap, so let’s get right to it!


This Week in Spring (11 year anniversary edition!) - January 4th, 2022

Hi, Spring fans! Welcome to another installment of This Week in Spring, the first in the new year! (Happy new year!) This week also marks the 11th anniversary of This Week in Spring, which I started writing on the first Tuesday of January 2011 thanks to a great idea from SpringSource co-founder and all-around good-guy Keith Donald (@kdonald).

What a run! As always, I just wanna extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who read (_suffer!_) my rambling writing every week. We’ve been lucky, as a community, to have presided over the most amazing and uplifting period in Spring and the JVM’s history… This roundup has reflected that with incredible stuff happening all the time. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The many blogs, articles, podcasts, YouTube (and ever so occasionally Vimeo) videos, etc., are interesting in themselves, but they also signal interesting developments in the ecosystem, which is even more interesting! Rock on, community!


Go, Go, GraalVM with Spring Native: My Adventures in Native Image-ville

Hi, Spring fans! Happy new year! I can’t believe we quickly got this far, but we did. This last year’s been insanely busy, and one of the things I’ve most loved is all the opportunities to use Spring Native to build GraalVM-powered architecture-specific native images.

We released Spring Native 0.11, which is fantastic because it features a brand new AOT (ahead-of-time) engine that completely reworks how we transpile Spring Boot applications into GraalVM native images. I’ve been working with GraalVM a lot over the last two years, and this new release is a vast, revolutionary step in the story of Spring Native and a giant leap forward on the journey to Spring Framework 6 and Spring Boot 3, both of which will land in 2022.


This Year in Spring - December 28th, 2021

Hi, Spring fans! How’re you doin’? I’m fresh off a fantastic holiday spent with family in Los Angeles, California. Later today, the girls and I will drive home to San Francisco, California. I’ve enjoyed my visits with people here in Los Angeles, especially since it’s our first actual visit to Los Angeles before the pandemic.

And now, (can you believe it?), we’re staring down the new year. As always, I will do my yearly This Year in Spring roundup, so stay tuned for that below, after our weekly roundup. So, without further ado, here’s the last This Week in Spring recap of 2021.