Josh Long

Josh Long

Spring Developer Advocate | an aisle seat or San Francisco, CA

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

Unleash Spring apps in a flex environment with Azure Spring Apps Consumption and Dedicated plans

Engineering | May 23, 2023 | ...

In March, we introduced the Consumption pricing plan for Azure Spring Apps allowing you to start from zero and scale to zero vCPU. Today, we are thrilled to announce the public preview of the Standard Dedicated plan! The Standard Dedicated plan provides a fully managed, dedicated environment for running Spring applications on Azure. This plan offers you customizable compute options (including memory-optimized), single tenancy, and high availability to help you achieve price predictability, cost savings, and performance for running Spring applications at scale.

In 2019, Microsoft and Pivotal (now VMware) announced Azure Spring Apps, a fully managed service for Spring apps. We set out to solve many of the common challenges enterprise developers face when running Spring apps at scale. The service manages dynamic scaling, security patching, out-of-the-box instrumentation for monitoring, and more so developers can focus on their apps. Since then, we’ve worked with many customers including Bosch, Digital Realty, FedEx, Kroger, Liantis, Morgan Stanley, National Life, Raley's, and Swiss Re

This Week in Spring - May 23rd, 2023

Engineering | May 23, 2023 | ...

Hi, Spring fans! Welcome to another installment of This Week in Spring! It's May 23rd and, famously, nothing major has happened in the last week OH WAIT WE RELEASED SPRING BOOT 3.1! Have you checked it out yet? It's dope. I did a Spring Tips installment looking at some of its features here that you might like.

Friends, we've got a ton of stuff to get into this week, so let's dive right into it!

This Week in Spring - May 16th 2023

Engineering | May 16, 2023 | ...

My friends, Spring Boot 3.1 is nearly upon us! It drops on 18 May, in just a few short days! There are a ton of amazing features in this new release and I hope you're already trying it out (you know where). Here are some of my favorite features:

  • Built in Docker Compose support - Have a docker-compose.yml in your project root? Add spring-boot-docker-compose as developmentOnly scope in Gradle or optinal in Maven and Spring Boot will automatically run it for you on startup and shut it down on application shutdown. Here's an example
  • Built in Testcontainers support - You know Spring Boot has first class support for Testcontainers in our unit testing framework. Perhaps you've used the @DynamicPropertySource mechanism to configure the environment based on Testcontainer containers? - but this new release makes things even better. Define a test-code only main(String []) method and then forward it to your production code main(String [] args) methods. You can point that test-code only main class to new @Configuration classes, which may in turn have Testcontainer connections defined. Run that test-code only main

This Week in Spring - May 9th, 2023

Engineering | May 09, 2023 | ...

Hi, Spring fans! Welcome to another wonderful, fancyful installment of This Week in Spring! I was just at the first Devoxx GR, in the sunny mediterranean city of Athens, Greece. Uh, yah, this was a good'un. If you can get to it, you should. Don't miss next year's installment if you missed this one. And now, I'm in London, for one of my all time favorite shows, Devoxx UK. Are you going to Devoxx UK? Come find me! I'll be talking about Spring Boot 3, and it should be fun. After this, I'm off to Germany where I may be appearing at a JUG near Wolfsburg (I'll keep you posted). Then, it's off to…

This Week in Spring - May 2, 20223

Engineering | May 02, 2023 | ...

Hi, Spring fans! Welcome to another installment of This Week in Spring! You realize it's already May, 2023? Time's flying, way too quickly! I just got back from Bangalore, India, where I spoke at the amazing Great International Developer Summit, one of the all time best shows ever, and now I'm already gearing up to hit the road in May for a mini Spring Boot 3.1 European (and UK) tour! I'll be in Athens, Greece, for Devoxx GR (4-6 May); I'll be in London, UK, for Devoxx UK (10-12 May); I'll be in Barcelona, Spain, for Spring I/O (18-19 May); I'll be in Belgrade, Serbia (20-21 May) for ITKonekt…

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