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Spring: A Developer's Notebook Paperback – April 12, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0596009106 ISBN-10: 0596009100 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer's Notebook
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596009100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596009106
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce A. Tate is a kayaker, mountain biker, and father of two. In his spare time, he is an independent consultant in Austin, Texas. In 2001, he founded J2Life, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in Java persistence frameworks and lightweight development methods. His customers have included FedEx, Great West Life, TheServerSide, and BEA. He speaks at conferences and Java user's groups around the nation. Before striking out on his own, Bruce spent 13 years at IBM working on database technologies, object-oriented infrastructure, and Java. He was recruited away from IBM to help start the client services practice in an Austin startup called Pervado Systems. He later served a brief stint as CTO of IronGrid, which built nimble Java performance tools. Bruce is the author of four books, including the bestselling Bitter Java, and the recently released Better, Faster, Lighter Java, from O'Reilly. First rule of kayak: When in doubt, paddle like Hell.

Working as a professional programmer, instructor, speaker and pundit since 1992, Justin Gehtland has developed real-world applications using VB, COM, .NET, Java, Perl and a slew of obscure technologies since relegated to the trash heap of technical history. His focus has historically been on "connected" applications, which of course has led him down the COM+, ASP/ASP.NET and JSP roads.Justin is the co-author of Effective Visual Basic (Addison Wesley, 2001) and Windows Forms Programming in Visual Basic .NET (Addison Wesley, 2003). He is currently the regular Agility columnist on The Server Side .NET, and works as a consultant through his company Relevance, LLC in addition to teaching for DevelopMentor.


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I read 14 pages and more than half of codes have errors or typos.
N. Jeong
I just finished this book the whole time wondering what I was missing since I didn't understand anything.
LumpyOatmeal
Even for the basic element, details are not provided for readers to get a clear picture.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tim Hughes on December 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
After purchasing the disaster that was the original edition, I purchased the updated version based on two things: (1) O'Reilly's usual quality products and (2) the review on this site by the author Bruce Tate discussing the changes made to the updated edition.

Well, gee... this time they made it all the way to Example 1-10 before there was an error. Granted, it's a small, easy one ("RentABikeApp-context.xml" instead of "RentABike-context.xml"), but it's still an unforgivable error given the train-wreck of the first printing.

By Example 1-12 (the ant build.xml) there are calls to directories which are not defined in the example, and other code which (depending upon how your local environment is set up) will simply not work at all. This particular situation could have been fixed by (a) providing explicit instructions on Spring framework setup so that the examples will automagically work for all those using the book and (b) some simple proofreading of the code.

Nothing I have mentioned constitutes insurmountable problems for someone familiar with J2EE development and ant, but it is simply rude and terribly infuriating that the simplest examples in the "updated" version require debugging of the code printed in the book.

What led to the approval of this new version which is still fraught with issues? Was it laziness? Ineptitude? At this point I don't care. If they can't even get me through chapter one without the requirement that I fix their code, I give up. I wish I could give this zero stars, particularly after they KNEW of the problems with the initial printing.

Perhaps they can get it right by version 5 or 7... until then, find another Spring book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Kirkdorffer on August 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book directly from the publisher back in early June and discovered to my surprise that it was not in stock. Yet I had seen it in a number of brick and mortar stores in my area, so I contacted them and was told that bookstores were being told to pull the book from the shelves because the book had so many problems it was being reprinted.

However, a few weeks later I was still seeing the book on bookshelves at stores and when I asked about that the store folks indicated they had not received a recall notice. Who to believe?

I finally received my copy today in the mail. The only thing that indicates this is a different copy than the original printing is an "Updated" label in the top right hand corner of the cover page. Otherwise the ISBN number is the same, and it still says "April 2005, First Edition" in the printing history section. There is no indicator in the Preface section that the book was subject to a reprinting, which I think would have been appropriate, as well as an update in the printing history - after all, isn't that the point of a printing history section?

So look for "Updated" on the cover, and only buy that version!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vance Fellers on May 12, 2005
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I agree with the previous low score comments concerning this book. Furthermore, the example code would very often reference Spring classes whose usage were not explained.

Before buying this book, I would recommend reviewing the errata page, on the O'Reilly site.

I question the ethics of publishing the Spring NoteBook; the justification may have been based on Mr. Tate having won the 15th annual Jolt award for his Better, Faster, Lighter Java book.

As an alternative Spring source, I suggest you read the Pro Spring reviews, or wait for June 20th, Rod Johnson book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LumpyOatmeal on May 10, 2005
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I just finished this book the whole time wondering what I was missing since I didn't understand anything. Then I started Pro Spring by Rob Harrop. Pro Spring is so much better it's like night and day. Also there were too many errors and mistakes in A Developer's Notebook. I can't recommend this book since it's not even useful as a reference.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Mays on May 11, 2005
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One key thing to remember about the O'Reilly Developer Notebook series ... be prepared to supplement your learning with other material. I knew this going into the new book on Spring, so I wasn't surprised that much of the information was brief. I did find that the book contained useful information and got me up to speed with Spring fairly quickly. I like the example driven nature of the Developer Notebook series.

Unfortunately, there's a downside. This book is littered with errors and typos and the examples presented are largely incomplete. (I'm compiling a list at the moment to submit to the errata page for the book at O'Reilly.) Also, do not go to the O'Reilly web site looking for the samples to download, they are available only on author Justin Gehtland's web site.

Ultimately, the book provides a good and very brief introduction to many elements of the Spring framework ... but prepare yourself for frustration after frustration when trying to get the examples working yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BillyJoeBob on March 21, 2006
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(Yes, I have the updated version.)

This book was a complete waste of money. I was left feeling strongly that the authors understand neither Spring itself nor the "heavyweight" technologies which they compare it against; many of the statements made about EJB or Struts are simply false.

The book does an exceptionally poor job of explaining how the Spring framework should be used. The examples are not at all clear, and the text often appears to be meaningless. I find it hard to believe this book was reviewed at all.
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