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Spring in Action 3rd Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 3 edition (July 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182351
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Braun on August 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is not a book to learn Spring, this is a book to learn about Spring. It is like trying to learn farming by looking out of a car window as you drive through Iowa while reading a brochure about tractors. Lots of facts but little understanding.

If you are a person who likes a book that builds a project to show how all the parts fit together this is not the book for you. There are only snippets to illustrate the points discussed. It was irritating that the examples were of knights and minstrels playing saxophones rather than a realistic business case. Even when I tried to put the snippets together there were contradictions and errors. The source code is not especially helpful because it is not organized in any way that my installation of Eclipse is aware of. Maybe learning by debugging is a new paradigm.

Lastly, you had better be a mid-level Java programmer if you want to understand all of the references the author makes. There is probably a lot of good information here and I'm thinking it would make a good 2nd book on Spring or a quick reference to a particular feature. However as a book to learn Spring from square one this is sadly lacking and not what I expect from Manning.

One last note if there are any authors reading this. Please adopt the standard practice of putting a path statement above each code example. See the books from The Pragmatic Programmers series for how this is done. It would clarify exactly how these things fit together in a simple and elegant manner.
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Information on the web about Spring can be found if you searched enough. The problem is that there was never any kind of clear guide and process by which you could either learn or make good use of the features in Spring.

I spent the better part of 2 hours last weekend at the bookstore reading through some chapters of Spring in Action and Spring PRO. I had already looked at Spring Live and was just too fond of it. Spring PRO turned out to be as dry a reading as the paper it's printed on. Sure it's got a lot of information, but geez, who needs that much, and who can read all of it when it's so hard to stay awake during the reading?

Spring Live offered something the other books didn't:

1- It's easy to read. The Authors, Craig Walls and Ryan Breidenbach, have a pretty good sense of humor, and has obviously put great effort in using good examples which everyone can understand. If you don't know how a student class registration works, you probably didn't go to school. I could have done without the Knight and singing what ever examples, but hey, they didn't hurt anything and got the message through.

2- The book flows in the natural way one would expect to work with Spring. I like the sequence of chapters, as Craig and Ryan layed them out. They start with a quick yet fairly thorough Spring startup, and run from there into wiring, AOP, dao and on down to complete the project. it just works and makes sense, and I don't feel like I'm left wondering about something. They always seem to get to what you need to know as you think about it.

While SiA didn't have the depth of Spring Pro, it still covered everything and then some, with accuracy with what you need to know.
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Unless you are already an experienced enterprise level developer don't buy this book. I am familiar with Java and wanted to build a web app using Spring MVC and Spring Web Flow. This was my first experience with using a Java framework.

I can appreciate that the Spring Framework and the Java landscape itself are both very large. But with regards to this book, the author didn't seem to give any solid overview or philosophy on how to get things done. It seemed as if too much time was spent on fine details and specifics instead of a concise and succinct, general overview.

I didn't even know if some of the examples where meant to illustrate a point or whether it was to be used in the example application that was being made in the book. Most books define the file that the code is referring to, ie go to example.java and add blah after line no blah. But that was not the case with this book.

Also most books make an acknowledgement of all the technologies that can be used but define the preference that they will be working with again this was not the case. Instead just lots of possible implementations of the same scenario.

On a positive note, this would probably be a good book for someone who just needs a reference, but definitly not for someone trying to learn Spring from the ground up.

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This is a tough review to write because I felt the authors made a good effort in the writing of the book and explanations of the Spring Framework. Writing a book is no small feat, and technical books are a special beast.

With that last statement in mind, this is were the book sadly falls short. For one, the source code available online is a significant rewrite of the books' code. The authors explain ( on the publisher site ) that this is because they learned better ways and techniques to implement the samlpe application after the book went to print.

While improvement is always good, this presents two problems. 1. The sample application is now out of sync with the material. Not a good thing for those trying to learn, as you require more effort to study in tandem with the book. Also, and this is not to disparage the authors skill, but I buy books because I am expecting experienced, if not expert advice. If a small, sample application needs rewriting, perhaps they should write about something else?

Further down this road, the sample application has errors that prevent it from compiling. I suspect that the final build file was not tested, or it was a case of "well, it compiles on my machine". There were several dependencies that required changes to the build file so it could be compiled. Thankfully, I use Eclipse and imported the project. Eclipse immediately informed me of missing dependencies, which I resolved by getting those jars on the build path and in the build file so they would be deployed in the war archive. Examples are:

jakarta-commons/collections, and several core Spring jars relating to DAO and database access.
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