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Spring in the Cloud

Jessica Thornsby
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How to design and implement applications targeted to a cloud platform.

Cloud computing is an emerging trend that’s impossible to
ignore, but what does the rise of the cloud mean for established
ecosystems? At Jax
London
, David Syer, the technical lead on Spring Batch, Spring
Hadoop and Spring Batch Admin, will deliver a session that looks at
Spring in the cloud. In this interview, JAXenter finds out what Jax
London attendees can expect from ‘Spring Integration and Spring
Batch in the Cloud.’

JAXenter: At Jax London, you will deliver a
‘Spring Integration and Spring Batch in the Cloud’ session. What
can attendees hope to learn from this session?

David Syer: How to design and implement
applications targeted to a cloud platform, or using cloud services,
using Spring, Spring Integration and Spring Batch.

JAXenter: What makes Spring Integration and
Spring Batch particularly well suited for developing for the
cloud?

David: Spring in general is a very flexible
programming model, making it easy to write code that runs in a
range of environments (including locally at development time and in
a cloud for integration tests and production use). Spring
Integration deals with declarative integration between
collaborating applications and services, and this is the dominant
pattern in the cloud – platforms provide services, and applications
are developed as a set of loosely coupled services, and they all
need to be integrated at runtime. Spring Batch is particularly
relevant because an increasingly large proportion of Batch users
are scaling up to process data in parallel across multiple nodes in
a cluster. A cloud platform is an ideal target for that style of
application because scale is a parameter of the service, and can
even be adjusted dynamically or automatically at runtime to account
for changes in load.

JAXenter: How is the Spring ecosystem moving to
support the increasing integration aspect of many software
services?

David: The core Spring Framework is approaching
a 3.1 release and there are some very relevant features in there to
do with environment awareness. New projects that are relevant also
include Spring Data, Spring Social and Spring Mobile. Spring
Integration is also expanding to adapt to services in a cloud
environment.

JAXenter: What are the current hot topics in
the Spring ecosystem, and how will your session touch on them?

David: The hot topic, in a nutshell, is the
cloud: supporting application developers targeting cloud platforms
and also developers of services in the cloud. Demos in my
presentation will use some or all of those to show how they bring
benefits to the application developer targeting a cloud
platform.

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