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Spring Data

By : Petri Kainulainen
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Spring Data

By: Petri Kainulainen

Overview of this book

Spring Framework has always had a good support for different data access technologies. However, developers had to use technology-specific APIs, which often led to a situation where a lot of boilerplate code had to be written in order to implement even the simplest operations. Spring Data changed all this. Spring Data makes it easier to implement Spring-powered applications that use cloud-based storage services, NoSQL databases, map-reduce frameworks or relational databases. "Spring Data" is a practical guide that is full of step-by-step instructions and examples which ensure that you can start using the Java Persistence API and Redis in your applications without extra hassle. This book provides a brief introduction to the underlying data storage technologies, gives step-by-step instructions that will help you utilize the discussed technologies in your applications, and provides a solid foundation for expanding your knowledge beyond the concepts described in this book. You will learn an easier way to manage your entities and to create database queries with Spring Data JPA. This book also demonstrates how you can add custom functions to your repositories. You will also learn how to use the Redis key-value store as data storage and to use its other features for enhancing your applications. "Spring Data" includes all the practical instructions and examples that provide you with all the information you need to create JPA repositories with Spring Data JPA and to utilize the performance of Redis in your applications by using Spring Data Redis.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Configuring the Spring application context

Traditionally, we would use declarative configuration with XML configuration files, but after Spring Framework 3.0 was released, it has been possible to configure the Spring application context by using programmatic configuration. This is our weapon of choice when we are configuring the application context of our application.

We can configure the Spring application context by following these steps:

  1. Create a properties file for the values of the configuration parameters.

  2. Create the application context configuration class.

Creating the properties file

The actual values of the configuration parameters are stored in a properties file called This file contains database connection details, Hibernate configuration, and the base package of our entities. The content of this file is as follows:

#Database Configuration

#Hibernate Configuration