Rod Johnson (programmer)

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Rod Johnson
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Known forSpring Framework
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Software
InstitutionsVMware, SpringSource, Neo4j
InfluencedMik Kersten

Roderick "Rod" Johnson is an Australian computer specialist who created the Spring Framework and co-founded SpringSource,[1] where he served as CEO until its 2009 acquisition by VMware.[2] In 2011 Johnson became Chairman of Neo4j's Board of Directors. At the JavaOne 2012 it was announced that he joined the Typesafe Inc. Company board of directors.[3] In 2016 he founded Atomist.

Johnson studied at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1992 with a BA Hons (music and computer science). In 1996 he completed a PhD in musicology, also at Sydney, with a thesis entitled 'Piano music in Paris under the July monarchy (1830-1848)'.

Working between Sydney and San Francisco, Johnson currently serves on the board of four corporations:

  • Neo Technology
  • Atomist
  • Meteor
  • Hazelcast


  • 2002. Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development. Wrox. ISBN 0-7645-4385-7.
  • 2004. Expert One-on-One J2EE Development without EJB. Wrox. ISBN 0-7645-5831-5.
  • 2005. Professional Java Development with the Spring Framework. With Juergen Hoeller, Alef Arendsen, Thomas Risberg and Colin Sampaleanu. Wrox. ISBN 0-7645-7483-3.


  1. ^ "Spring Creator Rod Johnson Leaves VMware, Makes Mark on Java". 2012. Retrieved 5 Jul 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "VMware Acquires Springsource". 2009. Retrieved 5 Jul 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Typesafe Appoints Rod Johnson to Board of Directors". 2012. Retrieved 1 Nov 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)