Chapter 2. Getting Started

When trying out a new framework, the first step is usually the most complex one. The documentation and numerous blogs on the Spring Framework already assume you know how to find your way around Spring applications. While sounding really impressive, sentences like "Spring favors programming to interfaces" or "Spring promotes lose coupling" do not mean much.

In this chapter, we will walk you through the first steps involved in creating a simple Spring application. We will first take a look at how to obtain the latest Spring distribution. Then we will take the plunge and write a simple "Hello, World" application. Once you have mastered that, we will take a more detailed look at all the code that comes with the Spring distribution. ...

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