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Just Spring 1st Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
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Book Description

A lightweight introduction to the Spring Framework

From the Author

I have the pleasure of announcing that the second version of Just Spring book. It is fully revised, re-written and updated.
 
Content Updates:
* Revised and improved text on all chapters; some sections were rewritten. 
* Enhanced codebase. 
* Improved content of Chapter 5, Spring JMS and Chapter 6, Spring Data.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449306403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449306403
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Just Spring" covers the basics of the Spring Framework and applying dependency injection to software application development. In the book Madhusadhan covers Spring Beans, some advanced topics, Spring JMS, and Spring Data in a concise overview to get you up and running quickly using the Spring Framework. Other books are much longer and do go into a bit more detail, but if you are wanting to get introduced to the Spring Framework and apply it to your application development quickly then this is the book for you. Madhusadham is straight to the point on his discussions of the topics covered in the book and he provides example code that he explains in detail in order for you to be able to apply it quickly to your own applications. I would recommend this book to the person wanting to quickly understand how the Spring Framework and dependency injection can be applied to their future projects.

I have been working with the Spring Framework over the past couple of years and had not run into its ability to simplify JMS and JDBC database access. After reading the two chapters covering these topics, I can see the benefits in being able to apply them to future applications that I will develop. I really enjoyed how MAdhusadham was straight to the point in covering the content of the Spring Framework and had great examples to go along with everything that he was talking about. If you are looking for a more advanced coverage of the Spring Framework, I would recommend reading the specifications off the Spring website or look at other books in this topic that provide a more advanced coverage.

There are a few typos that you will see when reading the book, but you can quickly figure out what the intended word was.
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This is a frustrating read due it's poor quality of writing. There are many grammatical errors, annoyingly out of context snippets of code and the author makes a lot of assumptions, which often throw the reader off. I've only read about 30% of this book and do not want to read further.

Annoyances begin right in the first chapter. There's a line which goes "This snippet shows a VanillaDataReaderClient class that uses FileReader to fetch the data." The following snippet of code contains a "new FileReader()" line. However out of no where the author switches to calling this VanillaFileReader and shows another snippet of code for "Class VanillaFileReader". When I first looked at the code I saw the reference to a FileReader class, but upon scrolling down I couldn't see any definitions for it, until I read closely and realized the author started calling it VanillaFileReader out of whim. (This wasn't an example using Spring, so the name difference is actually an error, and not to demonstrate decoupling).

Further somewhere it reads "If you do not wish to tie up to Spring's @Autowired annotation usage, perhaps think about using JSR-330's @Inject annotation". What is JSR-330!??? and why was it thrown at me out of nowhere!? The entire text just throws little pieces of information and snippets of code at you without establishing a framework of understanding.

This book is like someone haphazardly explaining something to you by writing crude lines and examples on a white-board, except that there's no possibility of you interacting with the instructor, like there would be in case someone was actually explaining something to you on a white board.
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As suggested by some of the other reviewers, I found this literature merely as an article on introducing Spring to newbies. My basic expectation from a book is a few do-it-yourself examples, which the author fails to provide. The good thing about this article is that it certainly serves as a good theoretical introduction to Spring. I finished this article in two hours, and now feel a little more confident in reading the step-by-step guides on the internet.
Overall, the book is good if you have to appear for an interview the next day, or to examine whether Spring suit your project requirements, but is certainly incomplete if you want to develop even a Hello World Spring application. $10 pricetag should have been $1 instead :)
Use this as the (missing) Exercises component : [...]
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The front page of this book says that it is a lightweight introduction to Spring. So it is. In my opinion, too lightweight. If you need to learn about Spring in a weekend, this book is fine. But it creates a false impression that Spring is easy, which is not true. More thinking and discussion would be desirable.
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Covers basics of dependency injection and jms but no where near the level of other books. The section on database access is at a very high level with no real examples. A discussion of Spring MVC is missing. What is in the book is well written and fairly easy to understand with examples you can run (except for the database section).
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The book is brief, as advertised, and is more or less okay in terms of content. The translation, however, is appalling and, as another reviewer notes, seriously detracts from the content. Are there no editors or even spellcheckers at O'Reilly? Consider a section of only 3 pages:

On page 17 you find "We can wire the beans usng [sic] Annotations." Apart from the obvious typo, the author gives no indication what is meant by "wire the beans".

A few lines later, on page 18: "The take away piece is to decorate the class with a stereotype called Component. This annoation [sic] indicates..." That first sentence is pure gibberish and, yet again, is followed closely by a typo any spellchecker should have caught.

Page 19: "Although, they do not clutter our xml files, they are tied to source though." More gibberish, but this time with a misplaced comma.

You get the picture. Mercifully you only get 60-odd pages of this sort of thing. 'Tis enough, 'twill serve.
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