It’s a tough challenge to find the right depth and the right level of abstraction when introducing a new technology. A book can go too deep, and risk miring the reader in technological minutiae. This is hardly helpful, and—more often than not—it’s boring. A book can also stay at a very abstract level, and revel in theory, but even this is boring and useless for someone who hopes to achieve anything useful. Instead, the best books treat a new technology as a dark room. They hold your hand and introduce the concepts as you’re likely to encounter them, while saving you from missteps that you might otherwise make. This is one such book: it introduces the concepts of Spring Integration’s API, along with their designs, but lets you move onto the next subject and keep the entire mental map of the room in your head.
If you’re new to integration, and new to Spring Integration in particular, then let Madhusudhan Konda hold your hand and lead you to the light ahead, in this easy-to-read guide, Just Spring Integration. When you’re done, you’ll be up and running, and if you still need more details, then you can always consult the Spring Integration project page for in-depth features and access to the forums.