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I’m an independent IT consultant and entrepreneur in the Internet and software business. I’m interested in design, enterprise applications, web apps and SaaS products. I design and develop business solutions and applications. I help companies in terms of software quality and knowledge transfer, e.g. with Angular and Spring Boot.

Revisiting More Popular Posts: Angular Development Environments & Analysing the Complexity of Angular Apps

Just a few weeks ago, I revisited two of the most popular posts on this blog. Continuing my blog housekeeping efforts, this time around I'd like to point you to two more blog posts that have been quite popular in recent years. If you're working on at least moderately complex Angular applications, these articles might be of interest to you: Running A Local Angular Development Environment Behind A Spring Cloud Gateway Service Analysing the Complexity of Angular Apps Read more

The Recent Log4j2 Vulnerability and How to Address it in Spring Boot Applications

By now, you probably will have heard about the Log4Shell 0-day exploit in Log4j 2 already. Since this is relevant to every Java developer and potentially every Java and hence - by extension - every Spring Boot application out there, I'd like to address this issue and how to mitigate it in Spring Boot applications. When using the default settings without any other dependencies, Spring Boot applications in general won't be vulnerable because Spring Boot uses Logback in its starter dependencies. However, if your ... Read more

Stratospheric – 1.3 Released: 🔒SSL Setup Made Easy

After a minor update last month, which was largely about migrating to Spring Cloud AWS 2.3.2 and various configuration improvements, Tuesday we released a major update of Stratospheric - From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS! Apart from general housekeeping efforts, revision 1.3 of the ebook contains these major improvements: A consistent SSL and (optional) custom domain setup: The previous order in which we introduced various infrastructure components caused problems with duplicate HTTP listeners in our ELB configuration and an SSL ... Read more

Revisiting Popular Posts: Spring Batch Resources & Maven Failsafe With Spring Boot

Two of the most popular posts on this blog cover resources for Spring Batch and how to use Maven Failsafe with Spring Boot: Spring Batch Resources: Batch Processing, ETL And Data Conversion Using Maven Failsafe With Spring Boot While doing some regular blog housekeeping, I recently revised those articles and fixed a few broken links. If you're interested in these technologies and frameworks, you might want to check those articles out. Read more

Stratospheric – Version 1.1 Released

Last week, we released the first update of "Stratospheric - From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS" after our 1.0 release in August. Thanks a lot to GitHub users anthony-be, skhurram, alrawas, mygordienko, and lealceldeiro, who contributed to our sample Todo app by creating issues and pull requests. The code changes resulting from these contributions in turn are reflected in our latest update for the eBook, in which we clarified some aspects about scaling out / sticky sessions and added a ... Read more

Guest Post on the AWS Open Source Blog: Using PostgreSQL with Spring Boot on AWS

Last week, another two-part article by Tom Hombergs, Philip Riecks, and me was published on the AWS Open Source Blog. Thanks a lot to Ricardo Sueiras for making this possible. This time around we wrote about how to use a PostgreSQL database with Amazon RDS and Spring Boot: Using PostgreSQL with Spring Boot on AWS — Part 1 Using PostgreSQL with Spring Boot on AWS — Part 2 These articles draw upon the chapter Connecting to a Database with Amazon RDS from our eBook Stratospheric ... Read more

Now Available as a Kindle Edition, Too: “Stratospheric – From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS”

Stratospheric – From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS is now available as a Kindle edition on Amazon, too. Read more

Hexagonal Architectures: @Column(nullable = false) vs @NotNull in Java Applications

Recently, I came across a small and common, but all the more interesting, hands-on example of why a hexagonal architecture can help with making both the architecture and the code of an application more understandable, approachable, and maintainable. I won't be going into any details about the concept of and ideas behind hexagonal architecture here. The gist is summarised quite nicely in this quote from Tom Homberg's article on Hexagonal Architecture with Java and Spring: The main feature of “Hexagonal Architecture”, as opposed ... Read more

Recording of the Stratospheric Release Party

The recording of the release party for the content-complete version 1.0 of Stratospheric – From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS is available here: Read more

Stratospheric – In Orbit Now: Content-complete Version 1.0

Last week, we released version 1.0 of our eBook "Stratospheric - From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS"! We hope you like this now content-complete release version of Stratospheric. Thanks to everyone who showed their trust in this project during its early stages! Here are some key facts about this project and the application we built as part of the book: 445 pages eBook with practical hands-on advice for running production-ready Spring Boot applications on AWS three main modules: "Deploying with AWS", "Spring ... Read more
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