I've tried to follow several tutorials and looked at several books online but did not see any that truly catered to the "BEGINNER" of the Spring Framework. I was laid off back in December 2011 and found that looking for most Java developer jobs knowledge and experience in the Spring Framework is required. I've had other Java developer jobs since but working with Core Java that is NOT in any kind of framework. I've used the Stripes Web Framework previously and liked not having to delve into the web.xml when adding new classes to my project. Is that now better handled in Spring? How does your book get a "beginner" off and running quickly? Also, what version of the Spring Framework does your book cover? I've received an email from Spring stating they are at version 3.2 now.