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A Mixed Bag
on May 11, 2005
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.