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Not what I hoped,
This review is from: Spring in Action (Paperback)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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Initial post: 3 Aug 2011 17:44:57 BDT
P. Fairhurst says:
I don't think it's fair to rate and comment 3rd edition because you did not like the 2nd. Go rate the 2nd edition and wait for this one to come out before reviewing it. Not helpful.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2011 17:54:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2012 17:29:32 BDT
Zac Tolley says:
This is a review of the 3rd edition... If anything the 2nd edition was better.
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 17:22:50 BDT
Lm Lyczba says:
The guy is perfectly right, I have had problems with chapters 5 and 6. But when I started 7th then the nightmare started. The source code is so bad, hard to know what is where... Write so long book and cant include complete examples and chapter's numbers- ridiculous...!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2012 17:06:50 BDT
M. Carter says:
I agree - the MVC chapter seems rushed and does little to explain the subtleties of the Spring MVC framework.
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