Professional Java Development with the Spring Framework Paperback – 8 Jul 2005
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From the Back Cover
The Spring Framework is a major open source application development framework that makes Java/J2EE development easier and more productive. This book shows you not only what Spring can do but why, explaining its functionality and motivation to help you use all parts of the framework to develop successful applications.
You will be guided through all the Spring features and see how they form a coherent whole. In turn, this will help you understand the rationale for Spring′s approach, when to use Spring, and how to follow best practices. All this is illustrated with a complete sample application. When you finish the book, you will be well equipped to use Spring effectively in everything from simple Web applications to complex enterprise applications.
What you will learn from this book
- The core Inversion of Control container and the concept of Dependency Injection
- Spring′s Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) framework and why AOP is important in J2EE development
- How to use Spring′s programmatic and declarative transaction management services effectively
- Ways to access data using Spring′s JDBC functionality, iBATIS SQL Maps, Hibernate, and other O/R mapping frameworks
- Spring services for accessing and implementing EJBs
- Spring′s remoting framework
Who this book is for
This book is for Java/J2EE architects and developers who want to gain a deeper knowledge of the Spring Framework and use it effectively.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real–world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
About the Author
Rod Johnson is the founder of the Spring Framework and a well–known expert on Java and J2EE.
Rod holds a Ph.D. from Sydney University. Originally from a C/C++ background, he has been involved with Java and J2EE since their releases as a developer, architect, and consultant.
He is the author of two of the most popular and influential books on J2EE: Expert One–on–One J2EE Design and Development (Wrox, 2002), and J2EE without EJB (Wrox, 2004, with Juergen Hoeller). Both have played a major role in the rise of agile J2EE, and the move away from overly complex traditional J2EE architecture.
Rod is co–lead of the Spring Framework. He is a popular conference speaker and regularly appears at leading Java events in the US, Europe, and Asia. He serves in the Java Community Process (JCP) on the expert groups of several JSRs.
He also has wide consulting experience in banking and finance, insurance, software, and media. He is CEO of Interface21 (www.interface21.com), a consultancy devoted to providing expert J2EE and Spring Framework services.
He is actively involved with client projects as well as Spring development.
Juergen Hoeller is co–founder of Interface21, the company providing commercial Spring services from the source. He is a key driver of Spring development and has been release manager since Spring s inception. His special interests and responsibilities in the project cover a wide variety of topics, from the core container to transaction management, data access, and lightweight remoting.
Juergen has a Master s degree in computer science from the University of Linz, specializing in Java, OO modeling, and software engineering. He is co–author of Expert One–on–One J2EE Development without EJB (Wiley, 2004) and regularly presents at conferences and other events. He is also active in many community forums, including TheServerSide.
Alef Arendsen studied computer sciences at the University of Utrecht. Later, also in Utrecht, Alef started his first company. After this turned out to be too little a challenge, Alef went to work for SmartHaven, an Amsterdam–based VCfunded company providing J2EE components for knowledge management applications. He was responsible for streamlining the development process and designing parts of the component infrastructure. In early 2002, together with Joost van de Wijgerd, Alef founded JTeam, a software company providing J2EE development services. Alef is a core Spring committer and, while remaining involved with JTeam, he is now a consultant for Interface21. He is a frequent speaker at public conferences. Alef can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read his blog at http://blog.arendsen.net.
Thomas Risberg is a database developer working for TargetrRx, a pharmaceutical market research company located in Horsham, Pennsylvania. He has many years of experience working with both large and small organizations on various database–related projects ranging from simple data entry programs to large data warehousing implementations. Thomas is a reformed COBOL programmer who came to Java via Xbase, Visual Basic, and PL/SQL. He served as an Oracle DBA for a couple of years but decided that software development was really where his heart was. Thomas has a B.A. degree in information processing from the University of Stockhom, Sweden. He is a certified Oracle Professional DBA and a Sun Certified Java Programmer and J2EE Architect.
Thomas joined the Spring Framework development team in early 2003 and is mostly involved in evolving the JDBC layer. His non–computer related interests are soccer, photography, and travel.
Colin Sampaleanu has had a long and varied career spanning almost two decades after a childhood spent tinkering with computers and software including experience developing for and managing his own retail software company, other years in the C++ shrinkwrap and enterprise software space, experience with Java since the early days of the language, and a complete focus on enterprise Java since the late nineties.
Colin is a currently a principal partner at Interface21, which specializes in Spring training, consulting, and support. Prior to joining Interface21, Colin was Chief Architect at a software incubator / VC.
As a core Spring developer and Interface21 principal, Colin spends much of his time talking and writing about the benefits of Spring, and promoting agile software development architectures and methodologies in general.
Top customer reviews
The book is a useful reference but as a tutorial is hard going. The other frustrating thing about this book is the poor index.
"Spring in Action" is a lot more user-friendly and readable while still covering the detail. "Spring - a Developer's Notebook" is a very good book for getting up and running quickly and cutting through the complexity. Really you need all three of these books to learn Spring. It is really worth it though - it saves you a lot of time, coding and bugs in the long run.
However, there are some unique selling point that make this book worth purchasing even in light of newer books.
I found the pros & cons comparison discussions of various web frameworks in Chapter 14 enlightening.
I also liked the various diagrams scattered throughout the book, despite the fact the labelling is incorrect off the diamonds of flow-chart diagrams in several places. They help cement an understanding of the architecture of Spring far better than just dry text.
The other main value proposition for me was the Box Office example. It's a pretty good example to learn from, even if a bit dated compared to Gary Mak's work. You can never have too many example to learn from in my eyes :)
This book is very thorough in it's coverage of Spring (1.3). It does cover things not found in some of the other texts. So if you are looking for complete mastery of all things Spring, then I'd recommend adding it to your collection.
BTW: There are still lots of errors apart from diagrams in book. The one that irritated me the most was on P501 when they talk about EL expressions and problems with escaping. They proceed to create a carbon copy of a bit of code, proclaiming one version to be correct and the other invalid. Posted on forums and to Rod himself. Haven't received a response. I spotted far more than the errata section of the Wrox website. Why don't they accommodate the errata in reprints. Makes me think what's the point in highlighting this stuff. Grrr!
For a newbie to Spring this book is an absolute no no. I started learning Spring with this book. Even after lot of hard work I hardly understood anything. I gave up on this book and tried with Pro Spring and picked up Spring.
There are much better books in the market like - Pro Spring and Spring in Action. Expert Spring MVC is again a great book.
This book is now one of my main reference guides and most of the pages are already dog eared from use. As a consultant I have in recent projects exploited all opportunities to introduce the Spring Framework where I can. This hasn't always been easy as most large organisations seem to resist open source projects in general and new open source projects in particular, opting for expensive COTS products and the perception that they have somebody to hold accountable. But once I get the chance to bring Spring in, there is no looking back, I have even introduced it into one project through stealth after an initial management negative reception under the context of it being just another jar file (not a framework) like all the other jars we use in our project and management then just don't seem to care. The benefits become apparent almost from day zero which then encourages other team members and other teams to Spring (pun intended) to life. This book has opened up some new avenues of Spring use to me through its content, ideas and the newer 1.2 features available. I would recommend and encourage everybody with an interest in the Spring Framework to buy this book and read it from cover to cover. If I had one criticism regarding this book it would the index from which I seem to have difficulty finding what I want.
Great job guys, and I am looking forward to the 1.3 release.
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