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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for newbies. Not a comprehensive reference. Not bad tho.., 25 Jan 2010
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After the rave review by Mr Jeremy Flowers I bought this book. I've used Spring before but am a bit rusty and I really wanted a book which took me through a solid overview of the framework. I'd have to say this is NOT the book to do that. If you are new to Spring I do not recommend you buy this. The reason being that the book is not really designed for newbies. It takes a very unusual problem/solution approach. That's to say the entire book consists of a series of 'problems', categorised within the broad areas Spring covers, plus their solutions. As a means to learn, say Spring IoC or aspects, this format is an incredibly poor teaching mechanism. I later bought Spring in Action by Craig Walls and found it far, far better as a tutorial and reference.

However, let's be fair about this. The book isn't intended to be used as a starting point. I only bought it due to the hysterical review by Mr Flowers. No.. this book is not 'head and shoulders' above other Spring books. For an experienced developer it probably is. They don't want their time wasted with the basics.. they want new information, cunning secret solutions. And this book provides them. In fact it is intended to be a cookbook. Once you know Spring and have used it a bit if you flick through this you'll get a lot from it. If you're a beginner then avoid it and buy Spring in Action or an equivalent.
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Initial post: 18 Mar 2010 12:34:21 GMT
irnbru says:
It's a RECIPE book hello! The title of the book is clear enough. And for a change the book is indeed what the title claims it to be :)

Posted on 21 Jan 2011 11:27:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2011 11:59:33 GMT
I suspect from the date you posted this review you may have purchased the second edition of the book. If that was the case, you will see there is a 'This review is from' above reviews. I've given reviews for both editions. You will find my second edition review was not so glowing. There was nothing 'hysterical' about the review of the first edition. I personally find that comment offensive and slanderous. Furthermore, I believe it violates Amazon's review posting policy.
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