Chapter 1. Introduction to Spring

In this chapter, you will be given a crash course refresher on Spring, the core container, as well as some of the globally available facilities provided by the container, such as aspect-oriented programming (AOP). You will also become acquainted with the Spring XML configuration format as well as the annotation-driven support. The core framework has changed in many ways, and coverage of the additional configuration options is available in Chapter 2.

One of the most notable shifts in the core framework was the change from AOP support in the 1.x release of Spring to the AOP support starting from version 2.0. The Spring framework overhauled its AOP support, integrating with AspectJ_a separate project whose functionality ...

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