Chapter     5

Building Java Web Applications with Spring Web MVC

Anything you can do, I can do Meta.

—Daniel Dennett

Mark Twain once said, “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather.” Almost certainly, he wasn’t referring to the Spring Framework. Or was he clairvoyant? The Spring Framework has grown to become an ecosystem of projects; it includes many distinct modules, integrates numerous frameworks and libraries, and provides a varied range of capabilities in diverse areas such as Flash, enterprise applications, web services, data stores, OSGi,1 and even .NET. Spring applications are supported on all popular cloud platforms such as Cloud Foundry,2 Google App Engine, and Amazon EC23 and can leverage traditional RDBMSs as ...

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