- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 3 edition (2 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935182358
- ISBN-13: 978-1935182351
- Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spring in Action Paperback – 2 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Craig Walls is a professional software developer with over 15 years of experience in several industries, including telecommunications, finance, retail, and education. He's currently the software developer at SpringSource. He is the author of Spring in Action and XDoclet in Action (published by Manning) and is an avid proponent of Spring, open-source, and agile development. He's a popular author and a frequent speaker at user groups and conferences. Craig lives in Plano, Texas.
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I particularly appreciated its well-planned table of contents: the first part explains clearly what "Inversion of Control" and AOP mean and how Spring makes them possible. The second part is about "Spring in the business layer", explaining how you can write services and Daos, and how you can simply implement transaction management and service remoting. Finally, the third part talks about the Web layer covering Spring MVC as well as other technologies and frameworks. Furthermore, chapter 11 covers application security using Acegi.
The style is always simple and enjoyable, and the length (about 400 pages) allows you to read it in a few days. Overall an excellent resource for any developer interested in using Spring in his project.
One thing I like a lot about Manning Publications is that not only do you get access to the electronic versions of this edition when you buy the book, but also the previous editions. This can be a great help if you find yourself working on projects that use Spring features that have been superseded in later versions and are no longer covered in the current edition of the book.
The actual writing is clear and concise. Walls covers a lot of ground in his succinct examples, and the resulting pace of the book means I read it from start to finish without getting bored. The structure of the book is excellent as well, avoiding the need to gloss over functionality that isn't covered until later. That's also a consequence of the modular structure of Spring itself, where everything builds on the core dependency injection / inversion of control container using similar principles.Read more ›
But as the book progresses onto harder subjects the examples are still good but its clear that a lot of problems that will occur have been skipped over and some of the finer details are not explained. Its true that you couldn't write a book covering every problem that may occur but I'm sure the author would have encountered problems himself that he could have included, there are also a few misprints which can confuse you if not spotted.
Overall its a great learning tool as even when you hit problems, you learn many things when you solve them, its just whether you DO solve them.
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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Its a solid book, but unfortunately only has one chapter on Spring Boot as it had only just been released when the book came out. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr C
I'm a full stack software developer and I love this book it gets straight to the point. If you are new to Spring or finding your memory a little hazy this will get you up to speed... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fintan Kearney
Amazing book, covered everything I was struggling with on my work experience placement! Spring has a huge documentation, luckily this book explains things clearly from the ground... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
best spring guide for the beginners and for the experienced developers too.Published 14 months ago by coolbuddy
Very good written and updated. Even for new Java developers.
A lot of code examples and best practices.
NoSQL and messaging chapters very interesting.