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Spring Batch in Action Paperback – October 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1935182955 ISBN-10: 1935182951 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: In Action
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182955
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Arnaud Cogoluegnes is a software developer, Java EE architect and author with deep expertise in middleware, software engineering, and Spring technologies. A SpringSource certified trainer, Arnaud specializes in developing complex business applications, integrating of Java-based products, and training on Java and Spring.

Thierry Templier is co-author of two French books on Spring and JavaScript and contributed JCA and Lucene support to the Spring framework. He is a Java EE and Web2 architect and MDE expert with 10 years of experience. He develops rich internet applications combining Spring, OSGi, JPA, and GWT, and based on Spring-DM.

Gary Gregory is a Java developer and software integration specialist. He has more than 20 years of experience in object-oriented languages including Smalltalk, Java, and the whole soup of XML and database technologies. He is an active Member of the Apache Software Foundation and the Apache Commons Project Management Committee, and contributes regularly to various Apache Commons projects.

Olivier Bazoud is a software architect at Ekino, the IT branch of FullSIX Group. He is also a Spring technologies expert. With over 12 years experience, he develops complex business applications and high traffic web sites based on Java and web technologies.

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Gary Gregory has 20+ years' experience in object-oriented languages including Smalltalk, Java and the whole soup of XML and database technologies. He has held positions at Ashton-Tate, ParcPlace-Digitalk and several other software companies, including Seagull Software, where he currently develops application servers for legacy integration. A co-author of JUnit in Action, 2nd Edition, he is an active member of The Apache Software Foundation, the Apache Jakarta Project Management Committee and contributes regularly to various Apache Commons projects. Born and raised in Paris, France, Gary received a B.A. in Linguistics and Computer Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. He lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with his wife, son, golf clubs and assorted surfboards.

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It is written very well, a lot of examples (real examples), explained in depth the Spring Batch module.
Vitalie Mudrenco
They even give you a sample of unit tests for it which does you no good cause you can't get it running in the first place.
Sivan Shachar
The appendix does a brilliant job at quickly introducing Maven and its plug-ins relevant to Spring Batch context.
W. Lehman

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. Lehman on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Summary: Spring Batch in Action is a flawlessly written book. The topic of batch processing in Java often gets a second class coverage and this book puts an end to that. The book is very visual; filled with logical diagrams (UML and other formats) the book instantly becomes a referential manual for anyone willing to assail the topic of Batch Processing with (or even without) Spring Batch.
Written in a sequential manner on which every chapter builds on the previous chapter the book aims to tackle the topic of batch processing with Spring Batch. However, although the book is aimed squarely at Spring Batch, the reader who is less enthused about Spring in general, would benefit greatly reading about batch processing in the context of a `separation-of-concerns (SoC)' concept.

Chapter 1: The book begins with a thorough definition of batch applications. From data volume, automation, reliability, robustness, and performance; all topics are explained in a manner all developers with at least an intermediate understanding of data processing should have no problem following. Once the initial topic of batch applications is introduced the book quickly introduces the title framework; Spring Batch. It runs through the architecture of Spring Batch and how it enhances the existing SpringFramework to perform batch processing while Spring Batch itself utilizes SpringFramework to perform its internal tasks. This symbiotic relationship is indeed fascinating and the book does not miss this point. Once the formal introduction to Spring Batch is complete, a quick example is shown.

Chapter 2: The second chapter starts with the formal `getting started' in the world of Spring Batch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik Gfesser VINE VOICE on September 14, 2013
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Probably one of the best written and edited technical texts ever compiled in the Java space. Well recommended for anyone looking to understand how Spring Batch can be used to effectively standardize how data is processed in a batch manner. What makes this book especially effective is its organization, ample supply of examples, and small diagrams effectively placed throughout which remind me of early O'Reilly texts and far surpass what is provided in most recent entries of the "In Action" series from Manning, although I continue to recommend the "Spring in Action" and "Java Persistence with Hibernate" (renamed from "Hibernate in Action") classics which frequently accompany me at my desk.

Content is broken down into three parts: (1) "Background", (2) "Core Spring Batch", and (3) "Advanced Spring Batch". The first part discusses the concept of batch processes, introduces a case study that will be revisited throughout the book, provides working code examples that illustrate simple concepts (my first proof of concept used this code as a base), and discusses the anatomy of a batch job. The second part comprises the bulk of the material, and covers configuration, execution, and furthers the earlier discussion of job anatomy by walking through all of the different options that Spring Batch provides to read, write, and process data. The third part covers an abundance of more advanced features such as controlling how jobs are executed, integrating with other frameworks such as Spring Integration, and testing.

This book is not only a great aid for an initial exploration of Spring Batch, it also serves as a handy reference guide and first go-to source during construction alongside the excellent online Spring Batch reference material.
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It's clear to me that the 5-star posters were paid to write their reviews or were already experienced in Spring Batch. This book is awful in terms of teaching you to use the framework. It's more of a reference book you would use if you have a lot of experience already but I argue that it even fails there. Considering there are NO other resources to learn spring batch at the time I'm writing this review, it makes working with Spring Batch a really frustrating and unpleasant challenge (note, the free online tutorials at is almost an exact copy of the book and suffer from the same issues). This book goes over a lot, but it does so in a way that makes it REALLY difficult to retain information.

-it starts off in chapter 1 giving you a "practical" example, one that might legitimately be used on a project. Their client-level explanation was good, but to someone who is just starting with Spring Batch the example is way too complex for you to learn what each piece does and how it's fit together--no discussion of the execution context or what's holding everything together. If you try coding the chapter 1 job as is, it simply won't work--they don't provide with info on how to get it running. They even give you a sample of unit tests for it which does you no good cause you can't get it running in the first place.

-The discussion of the execution context, job repository, etc--the stuff that holds the jobs together--is really weak and unhelpful. They rely heavily on those flow chart pictures of the job to convey to you what's going on, but it's insufficient. The examples they give don't explain their role or how to use them.
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