- Paperback: 520 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 5 edition (25 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617294942
- ISBN-13: 978-1617294945
- Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,39,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spring in Action, Fifth Edition Paperback – Import, 25 Jan 2019
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Craig Walls is a software developer at Pivotal. He's a popular author and frequent speaker at user groups and conferences.
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Bad rating because there are lots of typos, code usually will not compile without fixing lots of stuff and the author clearly didn't try the examples himself, at least when he says, "fire it up", I now expect it all to come crashing down. Source code downloaded from online doesn't match the examples in the text.
I am giving 2 stars instead of 1 because despite the frustrating experience, I feel like I already know a lot more about Spring than I did before starting the book. With some minor thoughtfulness from the author and/or editor, this could have been a great book.
Once the book was released as final, I began going through it. Very quickly I encountered severe issues where the code provided in the book and the code provided for download simply did not work and did not even match. I went onto the book forums at Manning and researched my issues and found these initially reported in 2017. Through 7 MEAP revisions and then a live release they were never fixed.
I do not know the quality of the previous books in this series, but this book appears to be a scam by the author to release a product it seems little work went into. He did not fix issues reported over a year ago. The errata already is embarrassing as it starts, pretty much, on the first code snip. I would love to see this book properly done, edited and corrected. But I would not buy this book in the current form.
You will not get your money out of it. You will be frustrated. You won't learn.
This is the only book I've run into like this from Manning or any other I've bought. This one is utterly unprofessional. Mr. Wall should be ashamed to have had reports over a year ago about SIMPLE things, like, uh, importing a class he doesn't write for several more pages, then not having the right class name once he does get to it in the code snips. If no one gave feedback that's one thing, but knowing ALL of the errors were pointed out over a year ago, initially, and subsequently as each version was released, it's a shame Manning went ahead and went live with this incomplete piece.
Since I don't spend much time there, Spring can still be a spaghetti jungle for me, and I need refresher explanations, maps and examples to help me keep moving in the right directions. With Walls's advice and admonitions in this new edition, I'm now a fan of Spring Tool Suite and Spring Initializr. And I will keep this book handy.
My thanks to Manning Books for sending an advance reading copy for review. Spring is not the easiest topic to tackle, nor explain--and Manning's traditional theory-centric structure still tends to get in the way of example-based clarity and fast learning. But Craig Walls now has been writing about it for 15 years. He knows his subject.