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Best Approach to Learn Spring 3.0

Benish Zaidi

Joined: Oct 28, 2010
Posts: 11

I am fairly new to Spring. I see that current release of Spring is 3.0 but all the references and books available are
related to 2.5. Only spring documentation is upto 3.0. Though its very complete as well.

I would like to know, which book should i follow? Is it okay to following Pro Spring 2.5 as Spring 3 version is released.
I have seen that i learn things when i implement not just theory. So what kind of starting projects i can do to understand
this framework more comprehensively. What kind of time-frame is needed?

Any pointers will be helpful.

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Mark Spritzler

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 17276

#1 recommendation, take the Core Spring class from SpringSource if you can. That is the best bet.
#2 You can buy the Early Access Program at for Spring In Action version 3.


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Mark Secrist
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Joined: Jul 01, 2003
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First, I 100% agree with Mark (Spritzler). If you can, take the class. It's a great way to go from 0 -> compitent in a very short time. From there, you just need to put it into practice to really get productive.

There are a few books out now based on Spring 3.0. I'm really looking forward to the SIA 3.0 book but there is already the Spring Recipes 2nd edition, which covers Spring 3.0. I have it on order so haven't read through it yet. If it's anything like the first edition, it should be pretty good.

If you have the tenacity, the Spring 3.0 documentation is quite good but you have to get through a lot of material before really getting to the point of understanding well enough to be productive. I started on Spring 2.5 and migrated over to 3.0 so the reference docs were nearly enough for me.

Benish Zaidi

Joined: Oct 28, 2010
Posts: 11

You are right about the core class. It's really expensive but and i cannot afford something like 2000$ currently.
That is what i have planned.

- Go through reference documentation.
- Side by Side go through Spring Enterprise Recipies
- Be in touch with Javaranch and post my questions here in case of doubts.

I will try to make a sample application and integrate it with Spring and see how it comes out.

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