Spring Books Roundup UpdatedOct 10, 2005 · 2 minute read · Comments
I am completing my Spring Books Roundup books with 2 new books:
- Pro Spring, by Apress: a lengthy book, with some unnecessary information, but good overall. I did not like the Part 1, there is not much content in it. Fortunately, Part 2 is much better, dependency injection is very well described, almost on par, with the Fowler article of reference. Other Spring areas are well covered, in a similar manner as in Wrox book, except Java Server Faces, absent from the book, and nothing on Swing as well.
- Spring Reference Documentation, from the springframework.org website: I should have started with this one, it is of very good quality, and more up-to-date. There is notably a very good chapter on “Source Level Metadata Support” even if I don’t find particularly compelling that they chose yet another abstraction behind Java 5 annotations, partly to support older JDKs. Another plus is a chapter on JMX support, this was lacking in other books.
To conclude, to best learn Spring I would advise:
- Read Fowler article about dependency injection.
- Read O’Reilly’s A Developer Notebook. It is the most appropriate book, because the presentation is a bit different, focusing on quickly understanding Spring and using it in your project, and it is the only one mentioning Swing Spring features.
- Read the reference manual to find out about the details you need for a specific feature.