Fast Track to Spring 2.0


Fast Track to Spring 2.x

Spring is a lightweight Java framework for building enterprise applications. Its Core module allows you to manage the lifecycle of your objects, and the dependencies between them, via configuration metadata (usually XML) and Dependency Injection / Inversion of Control. Its advanced capabilities provide support for JDBC and persistence frameworks like Hibernate (DAO and ORM modules), Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP module), integration with Java Web technologies (MVC module), security, transactions, and more.

This course is a completely new course based on the Spring 2.0 and 2.5 releases. It starts with the basics of Spring and in-depth coverage on using the powerful capabilities of the Core module to reduce coupling, increase flexibility and ease the maintenance and testing of your applications.

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.

The course includes a brief introduction to Spring's Web MVC - - a Web framework based on the powerful Model-View-Controller pattern. This module covers the basics of Spring MVC, and how it supports organizing your Web applications in a highly structured, loosely coupled manner.

The course also includes a brief introduction to Spring Security which was integrated into the Spring project when Spring 2.5 was released. This module includes an overview of the Spring Security architecture, and how to use it to secure both Web application requests and bean invocations

This course is hands on with labs to reinforce all the important concepts. It will enable you to build working Spring applications, and give you an understanding of the important concepts and technology in a very short time.

The standard platform does all labs with the Eclipse IDE, and the lab instructions include detailed directions for setting up and using it. The course is available for all major development environments, including IBM RAD and IntelliJ.

Course Objectives
On completion of this course, the student should be able to
  • 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 2.0'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 2.0'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 the basics of Spring Security, and how to secure Web apps and Spring managed beans with it
3 Days

50% hands-on, 50% lecture

Course Outline

  • Session 1: Introduction
    • 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
    • ApplicationContext
      • 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
    • MessageSources
      • 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 2.0 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
    • Forms
      • 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

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