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Quickest read to get you on feet using Spring, 27 Sept. 2011
One should no more have "inertia" as an excuse to pass-up on Spring technologies. In just 62 pages, the most useful parts of Spring is covered in sufficient details to get one using Spring with JMS and databases - the most commonly used parts of java development for the enterprise applications. There is introduction to core dependency injection concepts and its implementation with Spring to get you in the groove. Then very gradually, concepts of life cycle and container is introduced and embedded in the mind of the reader. By the time one reaches the last two chapters on JMS and database usage, reader will become a natural with the concepts and everyday use usage of this technology. About the only thing I miss is another (very short chapter, in the spirit of this book) to succinctly gather the best-practices/Do's/Don'ts with Spring.
Highly recommend, esp for those developers who have always wanted to delve into Spring but were put-off by physically large amounts material to read before getting going. Also note some of the other points mentioned by reviewers above.