... this book is not a blatant clone of the provided documentation. Instead ... the authors gracefully introduce Spring by adopting a very pragmatic approach based on their real-world experiences with the framework.
- Valentin Crettaz, Val's Blog
Pro Spring is the perfect, simple answer for your lightweight, alternative J2EE development needs! Put simply, this book brings J2EE "down to earth." Without the hassles of using the heavyweight EJB specification and similar, you can build lighter, better-performing applications using this Java-focused framework.
What's more, this framework can also integrate other noteworthy and catchy open source tools like Apache Struts and Hibernate. This book lets you experience a real application being built from the ground up with Spring, using multiple Web views and frameworks (while other books tend to use only one of each).
Rob Harrop - Rob Harrop is the lead architect of UK-based software company Cake Solutions Limited (www.cakesolutions.net). As part of Cake Solutions' team, Rob has planned, designed, and built enterprise-level applications for a variety of UK- and U.S.-based clients, including the Metropolitan Police, DTi, and National Union of Students Services Limited. In his spare time, Rob is an avid reader and enjoys 'playing' with new technology, his current interests being Python and JavaServer Faces.
Jan Machacek - Jan Machacek is lead programmer of UK-based software company, Cake Solutions Limited, where he has helped design and implement enterprise-level applications for a variety of UK- and US-based clients. In his spare time, Machacek enjoys exploring software architectures, nonprocedural and AI programming, and playing with computer hardware. Like a proper computer geek, Machacek loves the Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings series. He lives in Manchester in the UK and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.