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Spring in Action

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,173 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Written for enterprise Java developers who have become disillusioned with the complexity and bulk involved with EJB development, this programming tool demonstrates how the Spring framework can make coupled code easy to manage, understand, reuse, and unit-test. Spring's employment of inversion control and aspect-oriented programming techniques to encourage loosely coupled c ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Manning Publications
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Giorgi Tsiklauri
Contains many errors and mistakes.. I've got half way through, but I'm already really tired with fixing errors, clarifying explanations or amending content just by myself, understanding what the author might have meant by introducing unexplained things or just guessing points around, etc.. many things are poorly explained and just introduced in a bunch.. especially Spring Data/JPA/Security or other Spring's web-related things.

Book should be more clearly and properly structured, in an incremental
Prashant Sunkari
Learned that it is best book for Java Springs along with documentation online
Donald Lika
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provides great introduction to Spring 4 framework,It is also good for whom has started learning about the framework,
It starts with explaining spring core concepts then it details all spring modules in a progressive way
Overall, I give 5 stars to this book because it explains all important concepts so every reader can understand.
Despite the popularity of the series, the latest edition i.e. the 5 edition, disappointed me. Many of the code snippets in the book are incomplete and have not been redacted. For me, a beginner to Spring, this book is very difficult to read.
Matija Čvrk
Essentially, a set of notes and references, strongly suggest having hands on experience, as examples used don't bring the material closer to the reader.
In favor to, the material is hard and complex, to write, read, to teach and understand. The volume is short and is hard to read for less experienced developers.
Finally, examples need more background, contrastly, if made to challenge the reader, should be more concrete.
Aleksander Meterko
Good overview of technology and it is very easy to read, but a number of mistakes present.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for newbies(me) but author focues to much on showing configuration examples(always in 3 different ways).
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: programming
An insightful book for a beginner such as myself.
Now when I am working with Spring, the logic behind it starts to make sense.
Patrick Coakley
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: java
Spring in Action (5e) has been a somewhat frustrating experience because I actually think that overall, the content is quite good for the topic. I feel like it does do a pretty good job of going over how a project could apply some of the different features of Spring while doing a decent job of also explaining said features.

The problems mostly lie in the typos and errors, both in the text itself and the sample code repository. If you're trying to follow along, there are parts that are straight u
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fifth Edition jumps to spring-boot. It's good from a high-level perspective with some caveats.
There are plenty of errors that didn't make it to the official errata page.
Chief among these is a lack of versioning of the sample code. We see annotations from Chapter 3 on JPA pop up in the chapter 2 code to do with MVC. Some errors make it hard for people to follow along as they're coding to the book.
Also the coverage is somewhat high level. For example with MVC, although there are explanations,
Cvetomir Denchev
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: itbooks
I just concluded the 5th edition by one of the famous introductory books to Spring framework. To be honest, it wasn't what I was looking for currently. This edition of the book can be read after a year or a year and a half experience working with Spring as the author took a bit more different approach in my humbe opinion with this edition(I compared the contents of the two editions). I was looking for a book that would introduce me more to the Spring framework founding principles. This time the ...more
Akash Goel
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good reference/guide to Spring if you already have some (very) basic experience with frameworks with DI. I liked the humor that was kept up in the writing, and that all concepts had accompanying examples with very good explanations. Several chapters try to implement the new concepts they introduce into an app, but I found the execution here to be a bit less focused. If the practical implementation was a bit more focused and easier to follow, I would unequivocally rate this as 5 st ...more
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I know Spring.
Although it didn't take me 10 seconds like Neo with Kung Fu, but I kinda feel the same confidence he had with what he just learned. Spring in Action was helpful by explaining the logic behind Spring, and teaching the how-to by example like short tutorials.
For the cons of the book, I think a 600 pages book, should go further in depth of Spring engine, best practices. I also felt the Persistence part didn't bring much, so I'm going to look for some dedicated resource about that.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't find a single online tutorial that adequately explained Spring. Seriously, none. They all appear to assume that the reader already knows something about Spring. Walls doesn't make that assumption.

Walls goes into enough depth to teach the reader how to effectively apply Spring's tools, while explaining what happens under the hood.

If you want to learn how to use Spring and all that it offers, this book is a great choice.
Review is for 4e.

Felt like a decent overview of Spring. I often felt that there was bad pedagogy, though, and I wasn't a big fan of the organizational structure.

It was a bit of a slog, and I wasn't super excited to return to it, but by the end, I felt like I had a fairly decent grasp of Spring.

I appreciated the authors voice throughout the book. It made the reading better.
Mark Dechamps
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains everything you need to know to get a clear understanding of just about everything in Spring. Even today , more than 4 years after it was released I got very useful information out of it (concerning spring security this time). It is well written , not boring at all and it earns everyone of my 5 stars! I highly recommend to read it cover to cover or as reference book.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good introduction to Spring framework.
Explains basic concepts and howto they are used with lots of examples.
However its very expressive and long descriptions so nice for reading but not looking up stuff or getting lot of information in short time.
Alex Ott
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: programming
Good introduction/overview of Spring framework - covers main parts.

There are some errors in the code, plus author pitch Initialzr too often - I believe that we can shred 10-15 pages of repetition of the pieces of pom.xml, etc.
Jason Copenhaver
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
just what I was looking for. A nice introduction to the wide array of things you can do with the Spring framework.
Nikola Yurukov
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: programming
Very very good hands-on book! :) Recommended to everyone who needs to cover Spring.
Justin Smith
Wait for the newer version of this book to be released, it's easier to follow and very concise.
Marius A
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice introduction into Spring framework. It could have been better if the examples were somewhere available.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech
boring, a bit outdated now, but essentially good. It actually took me 1 year to finish it :)
Sergey Yeranosyan
Must read for spring developers!
Andrey Bevilacqua
It is a great book. It teaches from the basics of Spring ( to deploy a Spring Boot application in any cloud solution.
Barbara Krein
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many good points in this book. Not all of them were applicable to my software development experience.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine book to get into spring fast. Some things are explained briefly without details.
Mauro Vargas
This book has a lot of errors. It is extremely difficult to follow along the exercises because there are a lot of mistakes in the code examples
Phúc Võ
A good book for whom has just started learning about the Spring framework and also for ones that basically know and use Spring's dependency injection (via tutorial, guide on the Internet) and want to understand the underlying concepts. The first four chapters are for you. They tell you about the big picture of what Spring is, how it solves the problems of the big old JavaEE and its famous functionality (dependency injection and aspect oriented programming). The later chapters are about the advan ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the 2004 edition, a no brainer read for every Java developers using Spring Framework. I have read every edition and will pre-order and read every feature edition without bothering to wait for any reviews!

This edition did not match the bar set by the 3rd Editions so it lost a star from me, however I will still strongly recommend.
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