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What Is Spring, Part 2

by Justin Gehtland, ,
coauthors of Spring: A Developer's Notebook
Spring is a lightweight container, with wrappers that make it easy to use many different services and frameworks. Lightweight containers accept any JavaBean, instead of specific types of components.

In part one of this two-part series dubbed "What Is Spring" (and excerpted from Chapter 1 of Spring: A Developer's Notebook), authors Bruce Tate and Justin Gehtland showed you how to automate a simple application and enable it for Spring. Today, the authors will cover how to use Spring to help you develop a simple, clean, web-based user interface (excerpted from Chapter 2, "Building a User Interface").

Please note: Both Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Spring: A Developer's Notebook were updated to correct issues in the first printing of the book. The two versions we've excerpted here match the new print run. (The currently available edition has a black banner on the cover that reads "Updated".)

You can download Chapter 2 of Spring: A Developer's Notebook as a PDF. The file size is 435K. -- Tara McGoldrick

Justin Gehtland is a programmer, author, mentor and instructor, focusing on real-world software applications.

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