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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Comments on Spring 3 in action, by Craig Walls

On the bright side, the text is very well written without spelling errors. The author has organized each sequence of paragraphs so well, as neat as a chain having rings following  one chapter after another.  There are plenty of metaphors, analogies and examples from the daily life to help the reader grasp the Spring fundamentals.
On the dark side, the book has no tutorial format; in other words the reader cannot study the material, by doing some practice. The source code available online is given completed in its final form, as a whole, without the intermediate steps required to take, as presented by each chapter. Thus, if one attempts to run some code, one needs to improvise, there is no guidance as to the libraries necessary to run, other than the exceptions and the search pages found on the internet. As of now JDeveloper only supports Spring version 2.5. If one uses Eclipse Helios and the oracle DB and weblogic packages, one is bound to see errors while installing ie sts tools, since conflicts exist between failing package dependencies:

Your original request has been modified.
  "Spring IDE Core (required)" is already installed, so an update will be performed instead.
Cannot complete the install because one or more required items could not be found.
  Software being installed: SpringSource Tool Suite (required) 2.6.1.201105091000-RELEASE (com.springsource.sts.feature.group 2.6.1.201105091000-RELEASE)
  Missing requirement: com.springsource.sts.ide.ui 2.6.0.201105091000-RELEASE requires 'bundle org.eclipse.ajdt.ui 0.0.0' but it could not be found
  Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: SpringSource Tool Suite (required) 2.6.1.201105091000-RELEASE (com.springsource.sts.feature.group 2.6.1.201105091000-RELEASE)
    To: com.springsource.sts.ide.ui [2.6.0.201105091000-RELEASE]

All in all, the book seems most suitable to the experienced Spring developer who would like to get informed of the newest advances of the framework, or people who 'd rather just read text, and some code snippets, passively. The ones who learn better by doing would be better off by following first some spring tutorials, about using Eclipse in  combination with spring, such as those offered by Rose India.

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