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Just Spring Integration
Just Spring Integration
by Madhusudhan Konda
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for getting started with Spring Integration, 11 May 2012
Just Spring Integration is a very good book if you want to learn about spring's messaging capabilities. Unlike other spring books it is a very thin book, just 80 pages thick. It has been written in a very simple language and examples are very good and easy to understand. However, the book does assume some basic knowledge of spring and is not meant for someone who is completely new to Spring. It is more targeted towards developers who are familiar with Spring and want to explore what it has to offer in terms of enterprise messaging. Most of the examples are in form of snippets so you need some prior spring knowledge to understand them.

The book does a very good job of explaining the basic concepts of spring messaging. It doesn't try to make you a messaging guru but gives you enough information to get a taste of spring's offering in this space. The idea of this book is that once you know how all the pieces work together you can go and look for more details yourself. The book starts with a simple example and builds up on it in the later chapters. It explains a bit about the enterprise integration pattern of decoupled services and how spring integration fits in this pattern. It rightly points to "Enterprise Integration Patterns by Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf" for those interested in a more theoretical treatment of the pattern. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a particular component of spring messaging and the chapters are quite small (given the thickness of the book, or lack thereof) . You can very easily finish it in a weekend and get the satisfaction of knowing that you've learnt something new. It's definitely a recommended read for anyone wishing to get started with Spring Integration.


Before I Go To Sleep
Before I Go To Sleep
by S J Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time!, 11 Mar 2012
This review is from: Before I Go To Sleep (Paperback)
There have been numerous movies and books on dementia and SJ Watson's debut effort needed something special to stand out, but unfortunately that spark is missing in the novel. The story really gets going in the last 20-30 pages only. Before that it's a very tedious read. There is so much repetition of ideas that you start to wonder if there is anything else apart from jugglery of words. At one point I simply started skimming the pages just to inject some pace in the story. There is nothing special in the climax as well and the whole story feels like a cocktail of The Notebook and Memento. I don't understand what the fuss is all about.


Just Spring
Just Spring
by Madhusudhan Konda
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, 2 Oct 2011
This review is from: Just Spring (Paperback)
I must say Madhusudhan Konda has done a brilliant job with Just Spring. The explanation of basic concepts is very good and the code examples are easy to understand and to the point. In fact being `to the point' is the highlight of this book - it doesn't beat around the bush and gets down to business right from the first page.

The book contains five chapters - first three are devoted to spring basics and the last two are devoted to two special aspects of spring- JMS and Database support.

This book is ideally suited for those who want to get a quick introduction to spring framework and want to start using it in their projects right away. It's quite an easy and interesting read and can be finished in one sitting. Although it's relatively thin compared to other books on the subject, it doesn't compromise on any of the basic stuff and gets you started with the framework very quickly. It's not like those books where you have to go through a couple of chapters before getting into the `real' stuff. I'm very much impressed by the no nonsense style of the book. I would definitely recommend giving this book a go if you want to learn about spring framework.


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