On Tuesday 24th April we’re running an event in association with Microsoft: Live Coding with Spring Music. At the event we’ll be joined by Brian Benz, a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. In his role, Brian helps Java developers to get the most out of Azure. Before joining Microsoft, Brian was a Solution Architect, Consultant, Developer, Author and Presenter at IBM and Deloitte amongst others.

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In anticipation of the event, we caught up with Brian for a quick-fire interview to get his thoughts on the session, the latest Java technologies and his advice for new programmers.

Why do you think this presentation is important for people?

I’ll show people how to deploy and run Java applications in the cloud, using command line and open source tools you can get for free.  Free is good, and the cloud is powerful.  That’s a good combination!

Who do you think should come along?

Anyone interested in the latest tips, tricks and tools for Java developers.  And people who like swag, food and drinks, Microsoft and the LJC are buying!

What Java/JVM technologies are interesting you most at the moment? 

Cloud Native Java apps using Spring are most interesting to me these days.  Also, the related technologies that are interesting now, accessible by Java apps, like ML, AI, IoT, to expand the possibilities in today’s Java apps.

Any advice for junior programmers entering the industry?

You have it so good!  Cheapish hardware, meetups, stack overflow, cheap servers and services in the cloud.  Get started and find your way, the world is your command line.

The Live Coding with Spring Music session is happening at 18:15 on 24th April at Runway East Moorgate, 10 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AF. If you’d like to join us, please register here:


You can also follow Brian on Twitter @bbenz.