Alexander Schwartz – Speaker interview

Alexander Schwartz is Principal IT Consultant at msg systems. He’s been in Web development for more than 15 years and enjoys productive working environments, agile projects and automated tests. At conferences and user group meetings he talks about the things he is passionate about.

Talk: Logging and Tracing with Context Information – Log4j, Zipkin and Spring Sleuth

 

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?

In my spare time I contribute to open source projects. I also like cycling and hiking with the occasional search for a Geocache.

Q. Why did you select this topic for your session at Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2017? 

I’ve been using the combination of Log4j2 and Zipkin in my current project. Especially the possibility to switch on debugging for a single request is very helpful to get the information you need in a production environment.

Q. Who should attend your session? 

The session is intended for Java (backend) developers. It will be especially useful for those who develop distributed systems like Microservices.

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session? 

It’s a refresher of existing Log4j features but also touches some of the newer features like Log4j2 filters. I suppose most developers have implemented correlation IDs manually – with Zipkin and Spring Sleuth there is now a standard way to generate and propagate them.

Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2017, what is the year review look like for you?

I’ve been part of a development team that completed a Microservice rewrite of a legacy application. I was happy to serve as an IT architect and tech lead. We learned a lot, and the new application is performing well. I also learned a lot of things about JavaScript front ends. I really like developing with Vue.js – for me it put the fun back into JavaScript development. Besides that I managed to talk at several user groups and conferences and write an some articles.

Q. What are your plans for the next year?

For me it looks like there are some more Microservice projects ahead. I’ll also try to talk about the learnings from my projects within my company, at user groups and at conferences.

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