Fast Track to Spring 2.x and Spring Web Flow 2 Training

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

Course Description

The course goes on to cover all the important capabilities of Spring 2.0/2.5, including using Spring to simplify the creation of a persistence layer with JDBC and/or persistence frameworks like Hibernate, and using Spring's Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) to program cross-cutting concerns such as transactions and security. Understand the core principles of Spring, and of Dependency Injection (DI)/Inversion of Control. Use the Spring Core module and DI to configure and wire application objects (beans) together Understand and use the complete capabilities of the Core module, such as lifecycle events, bean scopes, and the Spring API. Work with the DAO and/or ORM modules to create a well structured persistence layer with JDBC or Hibernate. Understand and use Spring 2.x's powerful new AOP capabilities for programming cross-cutting concerns across multiple points in an application. Understand and use Spring's transaction support, including Spring 2.x's easy to use tx/aop XML configuration elements, and Java 5 annotations. Understand how Spring MVC works, and how to build well-structured Web applications with it Understand and use Spring Web Flow 2 to define user interface flow in Web applications. Understand the basics of Spring Security, and how to secure Web apps and Spring managed beans with it.
Course Length: 5 Days
Course Tuition: $2090 (US)


A good working knowledge of basic Java.

Course Outline

Session 1:  
Overview of Spring Technology
Shortcomings of Java EE, Spring Architecture
Spring Introduction
Managing Beans, Configuration Metadata, The Spring Container, IoC, DI
Dependencies and Dependency Injection (DI)
Dependency Inversion, Dependency Injection (DI) in Spring, DI Configuration, Advantages
Session 2:  
More about Bean Properties
Working with Properties
Configuring Value Properties, Property Conversions, Setter / Constructor Injection
Collection Valued Properties
Configuring  and Using <list>, <set>, <map>, <props>
Additional Capabilities
Factory Methods, Bean Aliases, Definition Inheritance (Parent Beans), Autowiring
Session 3:  
The Spring Container and API
ClassPathXmlApplicationContext, FileSystemXmlApplicationContext, Constructors, Usage
Resource Access
Overview, Resource Implementations
Bean Scope and Lifecycle
Bean Scope Defined, Configuring, Inner Beans, Bean Creation Lifecycle, Using the Lifecycle Interfaces (e.g. BeanFactoryAware), BeanPostProcessor, Even Handling
Defining and Using Resource Bundles, Localization/I18N
Annotation Driven Configuration
@Required, RequiredAnnotationBeanPostProcessor
Dependency Injection with @Resource
@Component, Auto-Detecting Beans, Other Stereotypes
Session 4:  
Database Access with Spring
Issues with JDBC
Examination of Typical JDBC Flow
Introduction to Spring DAO Support
Spring Database API, (Simple)JdbcTemplate,  (Simple)JdbcDaoSupport, DataSources,
Working With and Configuring, <list>, <set>, With Bean Refs, <map>, <props>
Queries and Inserts
RowMapper, ParameterizedRowMapper, Passing Arguments, queryForObject, query, update
Additional API Capabilities
Additional query methods, Passing Type Arguments, queryForList, FetchSize, MaxRows
Using Spring with Hibernate
HibernateTemplate, LocalSessionFactoryBean, Hibernate Configuration, HibernateDaoSupport,
Configuring a Hibernate DAO
HibenateTemplate Query Methods, Using HibernateCallback, Using Contextual Sessions
Session 5:  
Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP)
Overview of AOP
AOP Basics, Aspect, Joinpoint, Advice, Pointcut
Introduction to Spring AOP
Capabilities, New 2.x Configuration (XML and @AspectJ), Weaving, Joinpoints
Using Aspects
XML Configuration with <aop:>
Defining Advice, Configuring Pointcuts, Targets and Proxies
AspectJ Pointcuts, Autoproxies
Using @AspectJ Annotations
@AspectJ Annotations, Declaring Advice
Session 6:  
Spring Transaction (TX) Management
Intro to Spring Transaction Management
Overview, Component TX Model, TX Propagation, Declarative Transactions, TransactionManagers
Using Spring Transactions
Annotation Configured Transactions
@Transactional and its settings
XML Configured Transactions
new <tx:*> elements, Configuring tx:advice, and tx:attributes
Defining the TX advisor
Session 7:  
Overview of Spring Web MVC
Overview - Capabilities, Architecture
Introduction to Spring MVC
DispatcherServlet, Handlers, HandlerMappings
Command Controllers, Commands, View Resolvers
Spring Form Tags, Writing/Processing Forms
Session 8:  
Overview of Spring Security
Overview - Capabilities, Architecture
Introduction to Spring Security
HTTP Security
Method Security
Authentication Providers
Session 9:  
Introduction to Spring Web Flow 2
Overview - Need for Flow, Capabilities, Architecture
Defining Flows
XML Flow Definition Language
Flows, States, and Transitions
Accesing Flows in Web Pages
Exiting Flows - flowRedirect and externalRedirect
Configuring Web Flow - Flow Executor, Flow Registry, Integration with Spring MVC
Working with Data - Flow Instance Variables, Flow Inputs
View Pages and Model Binding
Flow Actions - evaluate, set, and render
Session 10:  
More on Spring Web Flow 2
Using the Unified Expression Language (EL) with Web Flow
Syntax and Expressions
Implicit Objects
Flow Control
Using Data Scopes - Request, Flash, View, Flow, Conversation, and Session Scope
Flow Language Elements
More on States, Actions, and Other Elements
Routing with action-state and decision-state
Session 11:  
Programming with Spring Web Flow 2
Creating Custom Actions
POJO Based Actions vs the Action interface
RequestContext and ExternalContext
Validation and Error Reporting
Defining Validation in the Model and in a Validator Class
ValidationContext, MessageContext, and Resource Bundles
Defining and Using
Input/Output Variables
Conversation Scope Variables
Subflow End States

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