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From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS

About the Book

With Spring Boot being the leading framework for building applications in the JVM ecosystem and AWS the leading cloud platform, their combination is quite powerful.

This book will teach you everything you need to know to get your Spring Boot application running on AWS.

Throughout this book, we'll develop a web application that seamlessly integrates common AWS services such as SQS, S3, SNS, RDS, Cognito, and ECS using Spring Cloud AWS.

Not only will we focus on developing the application with Spring Boot but also take a detailed look at getting it ready for production. This includes a continuous deployment pipeline, infrastructure-as-code using CloudFormation and AWS CDK, deployment patterns, and monitoring.

The Stratospheric book will become your go-to resource for building production-ready applications with Spring Boot and AWS. It will prepare you for your next project in the cloud.

No previous AWS knowledge required.

About the Authors

Tom Hombergs
Tom Hombergs

Tom is a software engineer by profession and by passion with more than a decade of experience in many different software projects for many different clients across various industries. In software projects, he takes on the roles of software developer, architect and coach, with a focus on the Java ecosystem.

He found that writing is the best way to learn, so he likes to dive deep into topics he encounters in his software projects to create texts that give structure to the chaotic world of software development. He regularly writes about software development on his blog at and is an occasional speaker at conferences.

Björn Wilmsmann
Björn Wilmsmann

Björn Wilmsmann is an independent IT consultant who helps companies transform their business into a digital business.

A longtime software entrepreneur, he’s interested in web apps and SaaS products. He designs and develops business solutions and enterprise applications for his clients.

Apart from helping companies in matters of software quality and improving the availability of and access to information through APIs, Björn provides hands-on training in technologies such as Angular and Spring Boot.

On his blog he writes about technology, software development, and the software business.

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Philip Riecks
Philip Riecks

Under the slogan, Testing Java Applications Made Simple, Philip provides recipes and tips & tricks to accelerate your testing success and make testing joyful (or at least less painful).

Apart from blogging, he's a course instructor for various Java-related online courses and active on YouTube.

He is an independent IT-Consultant from Berlin and is working with Java, Kotlin, Spring Boot, and AWS on a daily basis.

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Table of Contents

    • Introduction
      • When Is The Book Going To Be Finished?
      • Why This Book?
      • Who Should Read This Book?
      • Prerequisites for the Hands-On Examples
      • What to Expect From This Book?
      • About the Authors
  • Part I: Deploying with AWS
    • 1. Getting Warm with AWS
      • Getting Ready
      • Inspecting the “Hello World” Todo App
      • Publishing the “Hello World” App to Docker Hub
      • Getting Started with AWS Resources
      • Inspecting the CloudFormation Templates
      • Inspecting the Deployment Scripts
      • Inspecting the AWS Console
    • 2. An Overview of AWS Services
      • AWS Services in This Book
      • Amazon MQ
      • CloudFormation
      • CDK
      • Cognito
      • SSM
      • Secrets Manager
      • ECS
      • EC2
      • ECR
      • VPC
      • CloudWatch
      • RDS
      • DynamoDB
      • SES
      • SQS
      • S3
      • IAM
    • 3. Managing Permissions with IAM
      • Users, Groups, and Roles
      • Root and Individual Users
      • Defining Policies
      • Different Ways of Managing IAM Resources
      • Runtime Application Permissions With IAM
      • Best Practices for Managing Permissions With IAM
    • 4. The Evolution of Automated Deployments
      • An Anecdote about Manual Deployments
      • Self-Service Deployments with AWS Console
      • Scriptable Deployments with the AWS CLI
      • Declarative Deployments with CloudFormation
      • Programmable Deployments with CDK
    • 5. First Steps with CDK
      • Creating Our First CDK App
      • Deploying a Spring Boot App with a CDK Construct
      • Why Not Stop Here?
    • 6. Designing a Deployment Project with CDK
      • The Big Picture
      • Working with CDK
      • The Docker Repository CDK App
      • The Network CDK App
      • The Service CDK App
      • Playing with the CDK Apps
    • 7. Building a Continuous Deployment Pipeline
      • GitHub Actions Concepts
      • Deploying a Shared Network
      • Deploying an Application Environment
      • Building a Continuous Deployment Workflow
      • Supporting High-Frequency Deployments with SQS and Lambda
  • Part II: Spring Boot & AWS
    • 8. The Sample Todo Application
      • Features
      • Application Architecture
      • Data Model
      • Skeleton Application Setup
    • 9. Local Development
      • The Challenges of Local Cloud Development
      • LocalStack - Our Local AWS Cloud
      • Local AWS RDS & AWS Cognito
      • Bringing It All Together
    • 10. Building User Registration and Login with AWS Cognito
      • What’s OAuth2?
      • OpenID Connect 1.0 (OIDC)
      • Alternatives to OAuth2 & OpenID Connect
      • Using AWS Cognito for User Management
      • Using AWS Cognito as an Identity Provider With Spring Security
    • 11. Connecting to a Database With RDS
      • Introduction to AWS Relational Database Service (RDS)
      • Using a Database for the Sample Todo Application
      • Defining the Database Schema
      • Setting up the Required IAM Permissions
      • Creating a Database CDK App
      • Using the Database Infrastructure
      • Using the Database With Spring Boot
      • Running a Local PostgreSQL Instance During Development
      • Using the Database for Storing and Retrieving Todos
    • 12. Sharing Todos with AWS SQS and AWS SES
      • Using AWS SQS for Asynchronous Workloads
      • Sending Emails With Amazon SES
    • 13. Push Notifications with Amazon MQ
      • What Are Push Notifications Anyway?
      • Push Notifications for Live Updates
      • Using Amazon MQ as Message Broker Infrastructure
      • Implementing WebSocket-based Push Notifications
    • 14. Storing Notes with DynamoDB
  • Part III: Operations with AWS
    • 15. Logging
    • 16. Emitting and Monitoring Metrics
    • 17. Alerting
    • 18. Synthetic Monitoring
    • 19. RDS Operations and Observability
    • 20. Cognito Operations and Observability
    • Changelog
  • Notes

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