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Marc Cracco
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So I've posted a couple of times only but every time the members here have been amazing with responses. So here it is....

I'm trying to get a job in the java field. All self-taught, got my SCJP last month and my goal is to get a job working in Server back-end apps... I'm working on learning j2ee, hibernate and Spring. I did a little with hibernate and can get my programs to work using it without too much issues. I've worked with servlets and jsp for a little while and keep working with these technologies to get better on a daily basis. My new target is Spring...

I know that most online tutorial are either not complete or cover very small sections or are out dated. Especially with the latest release of Spring and all it encompasses I want to make sure to learn the most up to date things. Here is my problems...

I am very new to j2ee and Spring. I would love to take one of the 4 day workshop Spring offers but they are way out of budgets.
I was laid off last November and am on a very tight budget.
I looked at some books:
- Spring Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach
- Pro Java™ EE Spring Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies Implementing Java EE Patterns with the Spring Framework
(I would have looked at more but trying to find a store that even carries these where I live is a challenge)
The problem is that these book dive in beyond the knowledge I have. No real intro to Spring and what it's for. Straight into very specific examples.

I'm looking for something that will take me so Spring with no prior experience.
I do understand the MVC, wrapper and other design patterns concept since I've been reading Head First Design Patterns ( which by the way is a great book)
I just need to work on Spring from a beginners standpoint...

I'm not against buying books online but after looking at the two I listed I don't want to buy something that will not work for me.

So any recommendation... links, tutorial, books, classes, or even somewhere else you think I should start.

I know everyone might have a different opinion and I want to hear them all.... Please share...

Thanks


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Marc,
First place to start is our Spring forum rather than our EJB forum. I'll move this for you.


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Spring in Action doesn't assume prior Spring knowledge. If you get this, be sure to get the 3rd edition. (It's currently a PDF because it isn't fully written. It covers Spring 3.0 and comes with a PDF of the complete 2nd edition.)

The Recipes series assumes you have already read a book on the topic. It isn't intended for those new to Spring. I'm not familiar with the Patterns series, but it sounds similar.
Marc Cracco
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Thanks for the tip...
Matt Kidd
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I'm in the same boat. I've read the old Spring in Action as well as gone through the tutorial that is online http://static.springsource.org/docs/Spring-MVC-step-by-step/ . It seems the spring recipes book does the same as the tutorial to some extent but covers the whole framework.

The hang up I'm having, as I'm trying to build an app for myself while learning this, is I don't have a full diagram of how things are connected. The whole application development process is quite different from what I do at work which is a WebObjects environment. It has me wondering if I need a better grasp of servlet application design. I'll keep plugging away.
 
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