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From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS

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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.

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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 Spring Boot 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 is active on YouTube.

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

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Reader Testimonials

Ricardo Sueiras
Ricardo Sueiras

Principal Advocate in Open Source - Amazon Web Services (AWS)

If you are a Spring Boot developer and looking to explore how to deploy your applications onto AWS, then you need to check out this book. The authors have put together a well thought out and easy to follow book that walks you through the typical use cases you will need. Perfect for beginners and an invaluable reference guide for those more experienced, they continue to add new content to this book and I cannot say enough great things about it.

Andreas Wittig
Andreas Wittig

AWS Consultant and Co-Author of Amazon Web Service in Action

Björn, Philip, and Tom do a great job on teaching how to build a Java application on AWS. I highly recommend the book to Java developers. The book uses modern AWS services, that are ready for production workloads, and avoids the bleeding edge. The examples show how to bundle your app into a container image and deploy it with ECS and Fargate, which I highly appreciate, that the book even covers monitoring and creating a deployment pipeline.

Dennis Traub
Dennis Traub

Developer Advocate - Amazon Web Services (AWS)

One of the most-frequent questions I get from developers is how they can get started with AWS without having to first learn and understand all the details of the hundreds of available services. In their book, Tom, Philip, and Björn do an excellent job, initially focusing on just a few basic services to quickly get you started. Once your application is up and running, you gradually add additional capabilities, like continuous integration, monitoring, alerting, and automated incident response.

Espen Westgaard
Espen Westgaard

CTO and CISO at Datek AS, Norway

Great book covering many best practices of modern cloud based infrastructure setup, application development and operations using Spring Boot and AWS. Regardless of whether you’re a novice or seasoned developer, I highly recommend this book

AbdulRahman elRawas
AbdulRahman elRawas

Software Engineer

This is an excellent book for every Spring Boot developer who wants to level up their knowledge and move their applications to the AWS cloud. I'm still halfway through the book, and it feels like someone is taking me by my hand into the AWS forest of services. The writers went just deep enough (and not too much) into each service they tackled and included practical exercises to follow along the way. That's giving confidence and instilling the learning naturally.

Grr Igd
Grr Igd

Software Developer

If you want to know how to deploy your Spring Boot Application to the cloud and seek clarity on the available services (AWS), Stratospheric is an excellent resource for you. I found the explanations lucid and succinct with excellent worked examples. I would highly recommend this book - it's great value and I look forward to the online course also.

Asiel Leal Celdeiro
Asiel Leal Celdeiro

Software Developer

Excellent book that covers from theoretical aspects to hands-on examples on how to create a production-grade Spring Boot application deployed using AWS. I consider it a part of my toolkit already :)

Branislav Beňo
Branislav Beňo

Software Developer at Siemens

I thought that learning how to deploy Spring Boot application to the cloud, would require unbearable long time. But then came this book, and my worries vanished. On less than 500 pages, I found all I was looking for. From deployment preparation, through application connecting with required AWS services to deployment realization and application monitoring. And what is the best, all accompanied by useful code examples and access to related GitHub repository.

Gregory Zak
Gregory Zak

Senior Java Developer

Not just the theory... Delivers on the implementation. Great book that easily blends the integration of the Spring Boot framework with Amazon’s AWS services, progressing from overview to deliverables. Excellent logical organization of the fundamental AWS services that a developer can easily learn and retain in a step-by-step manner.

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
      • Why Spring Boot & AWS?
      • Who Should Read This Book?
      • Prerequisites for the Hands-On Examples
      • What to Expect from This Book?
      • Getting in Touch
      • Resources
      • 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 CloudFormation
      • AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK)
      • Amazon CloudWatch
      • Amazon Cognito
      • Amazon DynamoDB
      • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
      • Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR)
      • Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS)
      • Amazon MQ
      • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)
      • Amazon Route 53
      • Amazon Simple Email Service (SES)
      • Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)
      • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
      • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
      • AWS Certificate Manager
      • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
      • AWS Lambda
      • AWS Secrets Manager
      • AWS Systems Manager (SSM)
      • Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
    • 3. Managing Permissions with IAM
      • Users, Groups, and Roles
      • Root Users vs. Individual Users
      • Defining Policies
      • Creating AWS Access Keys for Each User
      • Managing IAM Resources Programmatically
      • Best Practices for Managing Permissions with IAM
    • 4. The Evolution of Automated Deployments
      • An Anecdote about Manual Deployments
      • Self-Service Deployments with the 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
      • Bootstrapping a New Environment
      • Deploying a Shared Network
      • Deploying an Application Environment
      • Building a Continuous Deployment Workflow
      • Supporting High-Frequency Deployments with Amazon SQS and AWS Lambda
    • Addendum: Configuring HTTPS and a Custom Domain with Route 53 and ELB
      • Domain Name System (DNS)
      • HTTPS and Transport Layer Security (TLS)
      • Registering or Transferring a Domain
      • Creating an SSL Certificate with CDK
      • Creating an HTTPS Listener Using the Network App
      • Associating a Custom Domain For the ELB
  • Part II: Spring Boot & AWS
    • 8. The Sample Todo Application
      • Features
      • Application Architecture
      • Domain Model
      • Skeleton Application Setup
    • 9. Local Development
      • The Challenges of Local Cloud Development
      • LocalStack - Our Local AWS Cloud
      • Local Amazon RDS & Amazon Cognito
      • Bringing It All Together
    • 10. Building User Registration and Login with Amazon Cognito
      • What’s OAuth2?
      • OAuth 2.0 Terminology
      • OpenID Connect 1.0 (OIDC)
      • Alternatives to OAuth2 & OpenID Connect
      • Using Amazon Cognito for User Management
      • Using Amazon Cognito as an Identity Provider With Spring Security
      • Enabling Local Development
    • 11. Connecting to a Database with Amazon RDS
      • Introduction to AWS Relational Database Service (RDS)
      • Setting up IAM Permissions
      • Creating a Database CDK App
      • Strategies for Initializing the Database Structure
      • Configuring the Database in the Todo App
      • Using the Database for Storing and Retrieving Todos
      • Enabling Local Development
    • 12. Sharing Todos with Amazon SQS and Amazon SES
      • Using Amazon SQS for Asynchronous Workloads
      • Sending Emails with Amazon SES
      • Enabling Local Development
    • 13. Push Notifications with Amazon MQ
      • What Are Push Notifications Anyway?
      • Push Notifications for Live Updates
      • AWS Services for Implementing Push Notifications
      • Setting up a Message Broker with CDK
      • Implementing Push Notifications in the Todo App
      • Enabling Local Development
    • 14. Tracing User Actions with Amazon DynamoDB
      • Use Case: Tracing User Actions
      • Amazon RDS vs. Amazon DynamoDB
      • Implementing User Tracing in the Todo App
      • Enabling Local Development
  • Part III: Production Readiness with AWS
    • 15. Structured Logging with Amazon CloudWatch
      • Logging with AWS
      • CloudWatch Logging Terminology
      • Status Quo: Logging Unstructured Text
      • Logging and Querying Structured Data
    • 16. Metrics with Amazon CloudWatch
      • Introduction to Monitoring Metrics with Amazon CloudWatch
      • Sending Metrics from AWS Services
      • Sending Metrics from Our Spring Boot Application
      • Monitoring Metrics with Amazon CloudWatch
    • 17. Alerting with Amazon CloudWatch
      • Introduction to Alerting with Amazon CloudWatch
      • Creating Alarms with the AWS CDK
      • Working and Living with Alarms and Incidents
    • 18. Synthetic Monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch
      • Introduction to CloudWatch Synthetics
      • Recording a Canary Script for the Todo App
      • Keeping it Simple
      • Automating Canary Deployment with CDK
      • Alerting on Canary Failure
  • Closing Thoughts
    • Conquer the Cloud
  • Additional Resources
  • Appendix
      • Technical GitHub Actions IAM User
      • Deployment Guide
    • Changelog
  • Notes

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