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2 July 2011 1935182358 978-1935182351 3


Totally revised for Spring 3.0, this book is a hands-on guide to the Spring Framework. It covers the latest features, tools, and practices including Spring MVC, REST, Security, Web Flow, and more. Following short code snippets and an ongoing example developed throughout the book, you'll learn how to build simple and efficient J2EE applications.

About the Technology

Spring Framework is required knowledge for Java developers, and Spring 3.0 introduces powerful new features like SpEL, the Spring Expression Language, new annotations for the IoC container, and much-needed support for REST. Whether you're just discovering Spring or you want to absorb the new 3.0 features, there's no better way to master Spring than this book.

About the Book

Spring in Action, Third Edition continues the practical, hands-on style of the previous bestselling editions. Author Craig Walls has a special knack for crisp and entertaining examples that zoom in on the features and techniques you really need. This edition highlights the most important aspects of Spring 3.0 including REST, remote services, messaging, Security, MVC, Web Flow, and more.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

What's Inside
  • Using annotations to reduce configuration
  • Working with RESTful resources
  • Spring Expression Language (SpEL)
  • Security, Web Flow, and more
Who Should Read This Book

Nearly 100,000 developers have used this book to learn Spring!

Table of Contents

  1. Springing into action
  2. Wiring beans
  3. Minimizing XML configuration in Spring
  4. Aspect-oriented Spring
  6. Hitting the database
  7. Managing transactions
  8. Building web applications with Spring MVC
  9. Working with Spring Web Flow
  10. Securing Spring
  12. Working with remote services
  13. Giving Spring some REST
  14. Messaging in Spring
  15. Managing Spring beans with JMX
  16. Odds and ends

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 3 edition (2 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182351
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Walls is a professional software developer with over 15 years of experience in several industries, including telecommunications, finance, retail, and education. He's currently the software developer at SpringSource. He is the author of Spring in Action and XDoclet in Action (published by Manning) and is an avid proponent of Spring, open-source, and agile development. He's a popular author and a frequent speaker at user groups and conferences. Craig lives in Plano, Texas.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference manual 8 April 2005
"Spring In Action" is a really good book, which adopt a different approach from other books like "Spring Live" (Matt Raible, Sourcebeat): while the latter is more practical and simple, "Spring in Action" is a complete reference manual that covers nearly every aspect of Spring. This doesn't mean it is complicate: every explanation is clear and there are a lot of code examples.
I particularly appreciated its well-planned table of contents: the first part explains clearly what "Inversion of Control" and AOP mean and how Spring makes them possible. The second part is about "Spring in the business layer", explaining how you can write services and Daos, and how you can simply implement transaction management and service remoting. Finally, the third part talks about the Web layer covering Spring MVC as well as other technologies and frameworks. Furthermore, chapter 11 covers application security using Acegi.
The style is always simple and enjoyable, and the length (about 400 pages) allows you to read it in a few days. Overall an excellent resource for any developer interested in using Spring in his project.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great examples but not enough detail 19 Aug 2011
By Adam
I am quite new to Spring but I have attempted most of this book. The early chapters are relatively simple and they are a great introduction with the different ways to approach the subject. The examples are excellent, they clearly show the advantages and popular technologies that are associated with Spring.

But as the book progresses onto harder subjects the examples are still good but its clear that a lot of problems that will occur have been skipped over and some of the finer details are not explained. Its true that you couldn't write a book covering every problem that may occur but I'm sure the author would have encountered problems himself that he could have included, there are also a few misprints which can confuse you if not spotted.

Overall its a great learning tool as even when you hit problems, you learn many things when you solve them, its just whether you DO solve them.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hoped 11 July 2011
I've giving this book 3 stars because maybe once I know spring backwards I'll appreciate it.

I bought the latest edition of this book because I understood that the previous editions were greatly respected and thought that this book would teach me at least the basics of Spring 3, and had the initial aim of building a simple database based web app. The main issue is that I think that the book tries to do too much in too little space, and is poorly organised. Following the chapters on data access I got completely lost and then in the later chapter on MVC so much was left out in constructing the simple mvc application. There is no clear progression of getting from point A to point B and whole chunks seem missing. The example code, by the authors own admission, is very disorganised and impossible to understand unless you know know spring, jpa and hibernate, which kind of defeats the object.

If you are a seasoned developer with a strong understanding of hibernate, jpa and at least basic Spring knowledge from previous versions then maybe this is the book for you, if you are completely new to Spring and have limited knowledge of these other technologies then you may want to look elsewhere.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much waffle 6 Feb 2012
This guy is a very irritating waffler. I wish he had put as much effort into the accuracy and completeness of detail as he has into his silly anecdotes. The information in the book is not really sufficient to actually use Spring from scratch but If you grab the code examples it provides a good enough grounding with a bit of Web hunting. Bottom line though is that the book is too wordy and the information is quite woolly in places. The section on security is particularly bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best written technical books 30 May 2014
By Rakeeb
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I love this book. Craig Walls has written it like a top selling novel. What a way to describe a technical subject. Well I guess it is for those who love to read books and want clear concepts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good spring Book 6 Feb 2014
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All the fundumentals for Spring MVC is there. Covers topics in detail. Prior knowledge of java is required. Prior knowledge of Web apps is required.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, albeit a tad superficial 18 Feb 2013
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Although an experienced Java and Web developer, I had minimum contact with Spring before getting this book. I had already read a number of pages from Springsource, but the lack of an "official" orientated learning path for annotated Spring 3.1 plus the immense amount of fragmentary information surrounding Spring put me off.
This book accomplished my initial objective: getting me on the right track, briefing me up on Spring technologies and paradigms without extending too much on the minute details of each aspect. It is a pleasant read, humorous and has good teaching value. Yet, one can ask for so much; it is also superficial, as it condenses the broad gamut of Spring framework in roughly 400 pages which has proven insufficient for other than basic examples - As Spring MVC is arguably the most popular of its components, I was expecting an in-to-depth approach but the chapter ended with the feeling of "wanting more".
Please note it is updated for Spring 3.0 but as we are in the middle of 3.2, a new revision is overdue.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good start, but later very poor 3 Sep 2012
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First few chapters are very good, but when you start MVC then you are lost. Source code which you download from the web site have not much to do with examples from the book. Is it that difficult to sort out the code chapter after chapter so I could download it? Probably for this author yes. What the author wrote could make sense but only with code.
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