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Is it worth studying using a book that covers Spring 1.1?

Ronald Castillo
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Joined: Apr 16, 2011
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Hello Ranch,

A friend of mine had an old book about Spring and I asked him if I could borrow it. However, the book is from 2005 and it covers Spring 1.1 (Java was in 1.4).
My question is pretty simple, is it worth studying (I'm a total beginner to Spring) with such an old book? Or maybe I should get a more up to date text?

Thanks in advance for the replies
Vlada Stankovic
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Joined: Feb 18, 2010
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You should try with Spring in Action. http://www.manning.com/walls4/
Jayr Motta
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If I was you, I would prefer to study new stuff.

Even the knowledge contained there being useful for you that's a beginner, it could be more useful if you learn new stuff that make your dev more productive, well designed, robust, etc.

Following this line of thought, learning something old just because one doesn't have the knowledge contained there yet, would lead us to learn stuff like Fortran, Cobol, etc.

I think once you learn Spring and then you get deeper and deeper, you'll see past stuff of it. But just those that are really relevant,

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Ronald Castillo
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I was just considering it given that's the only book on Spring I have available right now. I'll just get a new textbook ;)
Jayr Motta
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Ronald Castillo wrote:I was just considering it given that's the only book on Spring I have available right now. I'll just get a new textbook ;)


Even though, there is sites like BlackBeltFactory that I've seen you access that's better to learn and ebooks that you can get all around the internet about the recent versions of it. Including the official documentation.

Ronald Castillo
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Jayr Motta wrote:Even though, there is sites like BlackBeltFactory that I've seen you access that's better to learn and ebooks that you can get all around the internet about the recent versions of it. Including the official documentation.



I would, except, I like reading from a textbook since I tend to pay more attention and understand the material better. But maybe I should give the documentation a try.

Any recommended eBook or tutorials page?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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I agree with the Spring in Action recommendation. If you don't want to buy a book, the official Spring docs are better than a book that old. Much has changed since 1.1.


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