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Spring in Action Paperback – August 26, 2007
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Craig Walls is a software developer with over 12 years' experience and coauthorof XDoclet in Action. He is a great writer and a zealous promoter of the Springframework, speaking frequently at local user groups and conferences andwriting about Spring on his blog. When he's not slinging code, Craig spends asmuch time as he can with his wife, two daughters, seven birds, four dogs, two cats,and an ever-fluctuating number of tropical fish. Craig lives in Denton, Texas.An avid supporter of open source Java technologies, Ryan Breidenbach has developedJava web applications for the past seven years. He lives in Coppell, Texas.
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There are no examples of how to build a small web app using Spring.
The code snippets are portion by portion only and seems disconnected, instead of using a simple, real business logic example, it is using terminologies that are so hard to understand.
This book is not for beginner Spring.
The reason I bought this now is that I was looking for another source of information on Spring integration with caching frameworks and there are several pages in this book covering this subject, which was not in the 1st edition.
If you have only one Spring reference in your library I highly recommend this one. I've gotten a couple of others over the years and they are a cure for insomnia. Not so this one.
This is the case of this book. I humbly think that this book is fabulous, but!! In some chapters lacks to be up to date. Security is explained without the new xml notations, who made me to rewrite when I reached a point where I didn't found solutions for the problems I had even on internet!! The wiring of the security isn't explained now as simple beans, but with the new xml notation that this book lacks.
On the other side, it explains very well what is spring for and why you do need Spring. Sorry planet for not knowing until now. is very important and the first chapters are recommendable even for non programmers (deployers) in order to know what the hell is Spring and how to take advantage of it's capabilities.
With that said, I was able to learn about dependency injection and AOP in the first chapter. The author actually does try to hold your hand and walk you through a rather inverted concept. He does use a "Hello World" example in as simple a manner as possible with Spring, to demonstrate some very basic concepts of Spring. The next code example on the Knights of the Round Table actually solidified my learning even more. One will have to do the code and do some thinking for yourself to get it to compile on your IDE. Painful yes, but it forces you to really understand what is going on.
Don't expect Spring concepts to jump out at you. It is a very different way of thinking than what you are used to.
I may re-evaluste my review later as I am just starting Chapter 3.