Introduction to Spring 4, Spring MVC, and Spring REST Training

We offer private customized training for groups of 3 or more attendees.

Course Description

The course starts with in-depth coverage on using the powerful capabilities of Spring's Core module to reduce coupling and increase the flexibility, ease of maintenance, and testing of your applications. It goes on to cover many of the most important capabilities of Spring, including integrating persistence layers (e.g. Hibernate/JPA) with Spring, using Spring's powerful Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) to program cross-cutting concerns in a safe and maintainable way, and using Spring's declarative transaction capabilities. The course includes integration of Spring with Java EE Web applications, and an introduction to Spring MVC. Spring MVC utilizes a Model-View-Controller pattern for building Web applications, and the introduction covers the basics of Spring MVC, and how it supports organizing your Web applications in a highly structured, loosely coupled manner. This includes an introduction to REST (Representational state transfer), and how to use Spring MVC to build RESTful resources and invoke them from Ajax-based front ends.
Course Length: 5 Days
Course Tuition: $2090 (US)


Programmers with experience in working with Java and Object - Oriented (OO) programming.

Course Outline

Session 1:  
Introduction to Spring
Overview of Spring Technology
Challenges for Modern Applications
Motivation for Spring, Spring Architecture
The Spring Framework
Spring Introduction
Managing Beans
Inversion of Control / IoC, Dependency Injection / DI
Configuration Metadata Overview, Configuring Beans (XML)
The Spring Container
Overview of the Spring Container
A Simple Spring Example
ApplicationContext Overview
ClassPathXmlApplicationContext, FileSystemXmlApplicationContext, AnnotationConfigApplicationContext
API and Usage
Dependencies and Dependency Injection (DI)
Examining Dependencies
Dependency Inversion
Dependency Injection (DI) in Spring - Basic Configuration and Usage
Session 2:  
Configuration in Depth
Annotation Driven Configuration
JSR 330 (@Named) and Spring (@Component) annotation styles
@Named/@Component, @Inject/@Autowired, @Repository, @Service
Configuring Beans and Autowiring with Annotations
Enabling Annotations - context:component-scan
Pros and Cons
Java Based Configuration (@Configuration)
Overview - code-centric Configuration
@Configuration and @Bean
Dependency Injection
Resolving Dependencies on Other Beans, Injecting Configuration Classes
Pros and Cons
Integrating Configuration Types
Choosing a Configuration Style
Integrating Configuration Styles
Importing: @Import and
Scanning with @Configuration style
Bean Scope and Lifecycle
Bean Scope Defined - singleton, prototype, and Other Scopes
Configuring Scope
Bean Creation Lifecycle, Lifecycle Callbacks
BeanPostProcessor, Event Handling
Session 3:  
Wiring in Depth
Value Injection
Configuring Value Properties, Property Conversions
Externalizing Values in Properties Files
Constructor Injection
Constructor Injection Overview
Configuration - @Configuration and XML
p: and c: namespaces for XML configuration
Qualifiers / Domain Specific Language (DSL)
Limitations of Autowiring
Qualifiers and DSL
Creating and Using an Annotation-Based DSL for Bean Configuration
Benefits of Qualifiers for Bean Configuration
Profiles Overview
Configuring Profiles (XML and @Configuration)
Activating Profiles
Overview of SpEL
Session 4:  
Database Access with Spring
Overview of Spring database support
Configuring a DataSource
Using Spring with Hibernate
High Level Hibernate Overview
SessionFactory configuration, LocalSessionFactoryBean
Contextual Sessions and Spring Integration
Using Spring with JPA
Managing the EntityManager (EM)
LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean and Container-managed EMs
JEE and JNDI Lookup of the EM
Configuration and Vendor Adaptors
Creating a JPA Repository/DAO Bean - @PersistenceUnit, @PersistenceContext
Session 5:  
Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP)
Overview of AOP
Crosscutting Concerns
AOP Basics, Aspect, Joinpoint, Advice, Pointcut
Spring AOP Introduction
Configuration - XML and @AspectJ
Defining an Aspect, Pointcut, and Advice
How Advice is Triggered
Pointcut Expressions and Advice
Pointcut Expression Overview
The execution() Designator
Other Designators (within, target, args, @target, ...)
Kinds of Advice - before, after, around, after-returning, after-throwing
Marker Annotations (Rubber Stamp AOP)
Issue with AOP Configuration
Defining an AOP Marker / Rubber Stamp
Configuring AOP Using a Marker
Advantages of Marker Annotations
@AspectJ Based AOP Support
@AspectJ Annotations Overview
Defining an Aspect, Pointcut, and Advice
Other Considerations
Spring AOP Proxies and Self-Invocation Issues
Load-Time Weaving
Caveats of AOP
Session 6:  
Spring Transaction (TX) Management
Intro to Spring Transaction Management
Spring Transaction Managers
Spring Declarative TX Management
Spring TX Scope and Propagation
Spring TX Attributes (REQUIRED, SUPPORTS, etc)
XML Configuration of Transactions
Specifying Advice, TX Attributes, and Methods
Linking Advice with Pointcuts
Benefits of XML Configuration of TX Behavior
Session 7: 
Spring Web Integration and Intro to Spring MVC
Integrating Spring with Java EE Web Apps - ContextLoaderListener and WebApplicationContext
Spring Web MVC Overview, Capabilities, Architecture (Front Controller, MVC Pattern)
Spring MVC Basics
DispatcherServlet, Configuration (@EnableWebMvc, Servlet 3 initialization), mvc Namespace
Controllers, @Controller, @RequestMapping (Handler Methods)
@RequestParam and Parameter Binding
View Resolvers
Controller Details, @RequestMapping, @RequestParam, @PathVariable
Model Data, @ModelAttribute, Model/ModelAndView Classes
Session 8: 
Additional Spring MVC Capabilities
Reference Data with @ModelAttribute
Forms and Binding, Spring Form Tags
Session Attributes, @SessionAttributes
Validation / JSR-303
Session 9: 
RESTful Services with Spring
REST Overview (Characteristics/Capabilities, URI Templates, REST vs SOAP
REST and Spring MVC
Spring support for REST
@RequestMapping/@PathVariable, @RequestBody, @ResponseBody, HTTP Method conversion
Writing RESTful Controllers
Returning XML and JSON data
Client-side Access to RESTful Services
Ajax access (Browser/JavaScript/jQuery)
Using Spring's RestTemplate
Programming Common REST Patterns
GET: Read
POST: Create
PUT: Update
DELETE: Delete
Session 10:  
XML Specific Configuration
Collection Valued Properties - Configuring and using lists, sets, etc.
Additional Capabilities
Factory Classes and Factory Methods
Definition Inheritance (Parent Beans)
AutoWiring with XML
Inner Beans, Compound Names
Appendix:  Maven and Spring

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