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Just Spring

Just Spring [Kindle Edition]

Madhusudhan Konda
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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A lightweight introduction to the Spring Framework

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Get a concise introduction to Spring, the popular open source framework for building lightweight enterprise applications on the Java platform. This example-driven book for Java developers delves into the framework’s basic features, as well as complex concepts such as containers. You’ll learn how Spring makes Java Messaging Service easier to work with, and how its support for Hibernate helps you work with data persistence and retrieval.

In this revised edition of Just Spring, you’ll get your hands deep into sample code, beginning with a problem that illustrates Spring’s core principle: dependency injection. In the chapters that follow, author Madhusudhan Konda walks you through features that underlie the solution.

  • Dive into the new chapter on advanced concepts, such as bean scopes and property editors
  • Learn dependency injection through a simple object coupling problem
  • Tackle the framework’s core fundamentals, including beans and bean factories
  • Discover how Spring makes the Java Messaging Service API easier to use
  • Learn how Spring has revolutionized data access with Java DataBase Connectivity (JDBC)
  • Use Spring with the Hibernate framework to manipulate data as objects

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 303 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (22 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KOJ3WW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am Java Developer working in London, primarily with investment banks and financial organizations.

My goal is to deliver simple, straight-to-the-point with intuitive example driven page turner books! If you pick-up the book, you should finish it in a day or two utmost!

Having worked in enterprise and core Java for the last 13 years, my interests lie in distributed, multi-threaded, n-tier architectures. I have also experience in designing and developing high-frequency and low-latency application architectures.

I enjoy writing books, technical papers, mentoring, reviews and of course speaking at seminars/webinars.

When not involved in technical stuff, I do video recording and editing along with DVD authoring (I am using iMovie currently - have to move to Final Cut one day!) and setting up Video Streaming.

If you are in London, ping me (and perhaps buy me a coffee) for a meetup. Else, I am easily accessible via email ( or @mkonda007)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a lightweight introduction to Spring that gets down to business already at the beginning and allows a reader to quickly understand the basics of Spring, what it is used for, and what it can do. Other, more complete books on Spring, force a reader to go through several introductory chapters before allowing him/her to do anything even remotely useful with the Spring framework.
Having said this, my review would be more enthusiastic if, halfway through the book, I had not already found at least seven errors/omissions in the source code examples. Some had obvious solutions, while others forced me, as a Spring absolute beginner, to Google for answers to why the code was not compiling. The errors range from typos to the use of syntax no longer supported in current Spring versions (e.g., the use of singleton="true" and singleton="false" in Spring XML configuration, which is no longer accepted and must instead be written as scope="singleton" or scope="prototype", respectively). These errors should have been caught before publication, and would have been caught if the source code had been made available as downloadable book materials (at present, the directory of downloadable materials for this book at O'Reilly is empty).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners 25 Jan 2012
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I've been programming client side programming for years but recently thought I should train myself up on some backend java. I bought this book so I could understand the basics of Spring. I think overall it is a good book, short and to the point however I think an extra section needs adding to it. I think it needs an overview section about Spring, why would you use it and where it fits in the enterprise architectures.

I think the author assumes that whoever is reading this book already has a background in enterprise. As this book is an introduction I'm not sure this assumption is correct so a little more background info would be very useful.

Overall though I liked the way the book was structured; it was to the point and the examples where well thought out. If only more book were kept as brief as this.

Update: I thought I would add an update about this book now that I have learn't more about Spring as I've used it in anger since my initial review comments.

I still consider this to be required reading by anyone who wishes to gain the basics concepts of Dependancy Injection (DI) and Spring. I have read it twice now and I think it gives a very good explanation of the concepts and how to get up to speed with the fundamentals of Spring.

In future I think the book needs to consider the use of Annotations for wiring and not just XML. In recent times Spring has added support for JSR330 which is the guideline for supporting DI using Annotations and I think in future an understanding of this will be essential for any Spring developer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just... Nothing? 21 Jun 2013
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This book is so slim, it contains nothing that you cannot read at for free and faster. I feel mislead by O'Reilly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little brief maybe 1 May 2013
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Not bad, but I got this as a stand in for the famous Manning book on Spring, to go on my Kindle. As such, it does its job, but I keep the Manning book available.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very lightweight 1 May 2013
The subtitle of this book is "A Lightweight Introduction to the Spring Framework" but they missed the "very, very" before "lightweight".

Maybe the book is just dated (being published in 2011) but the autowire section for example doesn't mention any of the annotation styles (i.e. @Autowired) and how to configure them.

Maybe a revised edition would be worth buying, but after reading the 2011 edition you still won't be able to understand modern Java code.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple book 10 Oct 2011
By Nithin
There were a few books written in the past on Spring but you tend to get lost once you flip through a few pages. Authors were guilty of distracting the reader with numerable jargon's and complicated design principles which puts me off. This book is refreshingly simple and easy to digest and your brain won't produce lot of heat after reading the book. The examples are very simple and it would encourage any java early bird to get started on spring. I like the way DI pattern was explained in layman terms. I don't think you could explain Spring in a more simplistic way. Also this book is helpful to managers who are new to Spring and help them understand the benefits of adopting spring. The author has done a remarkable job.
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