Chapter 1. Getting started with Spring

This chapter covers

  • Spring and Spring Boot essentials
  • Initializing a Spring project
  • An overview of the Spring landscape

Although the Greek philosopher Heraclitus wasn’t well known as a software developer, he seemed to have a good handle on the subject. He has been quoted as saying, “The only constant is change.” That statement captures a foundational truth of software development.

The way we develop applications today is different than it was a year ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago, and certainly 15 years ago, when an initial form of the Spring Framework was introduced in Rod Johnson’s book, Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development (Wrox, 2002, http://mng.bz/oVjy).

Back then, the most common types ...

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