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Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Spring Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers


Web development with Java has a high learning curve compared to Ruby on Rails, Django, and modern PHP frameworks. Spring, the most used Java framework for web development, makes it as easy as it can get, especially with its recent move of using plain Java classes instead of XML files for configuration classes for configuration. This book focuses on getting you up and running with Spring 4 in the most efficient manner.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Creating a Spring Application, covers the installation of Java and other software on Mac OS, Ubuntu, and Windows. It also explains how to build a Spring application and a Spring web application.

Chapter 2, Defining Beans and Using Dependency Injection, introduces Spring beans and demonstrates how to define and use them.

Chapter 3, Using Controllers and Views, describes how to create controller methods, use JSP views, and build page templates and multilingual pages.

Chapter 4, Querying a Database, explains how to interact with a database using JDBC and how to integrate Hibernate into a Spring application.

Chapter 5, Using Forms, describes how to initialize a form, retrieve the form data when the form is submitted, and elaborates on the use of forms widgets (text fields, select fields, and so on).

Chapter 6, Managing Security, introduces Spring Security and demonstrates how to perform user authentication and user authorization, and how to configure HTTPS.

Chapter 7, Unit Testing, introduces unit testing with JUnit and TestNG and explains how to test Spring applications.

Chapter 8, Running Batch Jobs, details how batch jobs work with Spring and explains how to build batch jobs and execute them from a web application or from the command line.

Chapter 9, Handling Mobiles and Tablets, explains how to make a Spring web application display different content based on the type of device accessing it.

Chapter 10, Connecting to Facebook and Twitter, explains how to access a Facebook or Twitter account in order to fetch some existing data or to create new data (tweets, posts, and so on).

Chapter 11, Using the Java RMI, HTTP Invoker, Hessian, and REST, covers how a Spring application can interact with other pieces of software over the network using various technologies.

Chapter 12, Using Aspect-oriented Programming, explains what AOP (aspect-oriented programming) is, how it can be used with Spring, and covers several of its common uses.

What you need for this book

You would need a computer with Mac OS, Ubuntu, and Windows. To build Spring applications, you will need at least Java. Chapter 1, Creating a Spring Application, covers the installation of Java, Maven, Tomcat, and Eclipse on each OS.

Who this book is for

This book is for you if you have some experience with Java and web development (not necessarily in Java) and want to become proficient quickly with Spring.


In this book, you will find several headings that appear frequently (Getting ready, How to do it, How it works, There's more, and See also).

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Getting ready

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How to do it…

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How it works…

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There's more…

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See also

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  return "userList";

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