Fast Track to Spring Framework 3 and Spring Framework Web Flow 2.1 Training

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Course Description

Spring is a lightweight Java framework for building enterprise applications. Its Core module allows you to manage the lifecycle of your objects, and the dependencies between them, via configuration metadata (usually XML) and Dependency Injection / Inversion of Control. Its advanced capabilities provide support for JDBC and persistence frameworks like Hibernate (DAO and ORM modules), Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP module), integration with Java Web technologies (MVC and Web Flow), security, transactions, and more. This course is a new course based on the Spring 3 release. It includes complete coverage of the annotation based approach to configuration and the use of Java-5 capabilities that was first introduced in Spring 2.x, and which has been greatly enhanced in Spring 3. It also provides coverage of the traditional XML-based configuration that can still play an important role in existing and new projects. The course starts with the basics of Spring and in-depth coverage on using the powerful capabilities of the Core module to reduce coupling, and increase flexibility, ease the maintenance, and testing of your applications. It goes on to cover all the important capabilities of Spring 3, including using Spring to simplify the creation of a persistence layer with JDBC and/or persistence frameworks like Hibernate and JPA. It includes coverage of advanced capabilities such as using Spring's Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) to program cross-cutting concerns such as transactions and security. It provides an introduction to Spring Security v3, its architecture, and how to use it to secure both Web application requests and bean invocations. The course includes integration of Spring with Java EE Web applications, an introduction to Spring's Web MVC, and thorough coverage of Spring Web Flow 2 (which is still the latest version available). Spring MVC is a Web framework based on the powerful Model-View-Controller pattern, and the introduction covers the basics of Spring MVC, and how it supports organizing your Web applications in a highly structured, loosely coupled manner. Spring Web Flow 2 is a Spring framework for defining user interface flow in a Web application. The course includes thorough coverage of Web Flow, including an overview of its capabilities and architecture, defining flows, flow variables and actions, the Unified EL, and flow programming.
Course Length: 5 Days
Course Tuition: $2090 (US)


A good working knowledge of basic Java, JDBC, and Servlets/JSP.

Course Outline


 Introduction to Spring
The Challenge of Enterprise Applications
Shortcomings of Java/Java EE
What is Spring?
The Spring Modules
The Spring Distribution
Spring Introduction
Managing Beans
A Basic Spring Application
Some Bean Classes
Configuration Metadata
Fast Track to Spring 3
and Spring Web Flow
Declaring Beans
The Spring Container
Working with Spring
Why Bother?
Some BeanFactory Methods
Dependencies and Dependency Injection
Dependencies Between Objects
Dependency Inversion Principal
Dependency Injection (DI) in Spring
Dependency Injection Configuration
Advantages of Dependency Injection
Dependency Injection Reduces Coupling

 More about Bean Properties
Working with Properties
Configuring Value Based Properties
Using Value Based Properties
Property Conversions
Constructor Injections
Constructor Argument Resolution
Setter Injection vs. Constructor Injection
Collection Valued Properties
Working with Collections
Configuring and Properties
Configuring Collections of Bean References
Map Valued Properties
java.util.Properties Valued Properties
Additional Capabilities
Factory Methods
Instance Factory Methods
Bean Aliases
Bean Definition Inheritance
Autowiring byType
Pros and Cons of Autowiring
To Autowire or Not to Autowire

 The Spring Container and API
ApplicationContext Interface
ApplicationContext Implementations
Using an ApplicationContext
Spring Resource Access
Built-in Resource Implementations
Bean Scope and Lifecycle
Bean Scope
Specifying Bean Scope
Inner Beans
Compound Names
Depends On
Bean Creation Lifecycle
Bean Creation Lifecycle Details
Using the Lifecycle Interfaces for Beans
Bean Destruction Lifecycle
@PostConstruct and @PreDestroy
Event Handling
Issues with Messages
Resource Bundles
Defining Resource Bundles
Using Resource Bundles and MessageSource
Paramaterizing Messages
Annotation Driven Configuration
Annotations in Spring
Enabling Spring Annotations
@Component and Auto-Detecting Beans
DI Using @Resource
Complete Declarations Using Annotations
Other Stereotype Annotations
@Resource Additional Uses
Lifecycle Annotations
XML Config Annotations and Scanning
Annotation Configuration Pro / Con
A Note on the XML Configuration
A Brief Note on Annotations
Java-Based Configuration
Java Configuration overview
Using Java-Based Configuration
Dependency Injection
More on How it Works
Dependencies Between Configuration Classes
Other Usage Scenarios
Classpath Scanning
Other @Bean Capabilities
Java-Based Configuration Pro / Con
Other Capabilities
SpEL Spring Expression Language
Other SpEL Capabilities
Using Validation
Configuring Validation
Validation Constraints
Additional Capabilities

 Database Access with Spring
Issues with JDBC
Problems Using JDBC Directly
Let's Review Some Simple JDBC Usage
Simple Query on the Database
Problems with the Previous Approach
Spring Support for the DAO Pattern
Spring DAO Support
The Spring Database API
The JdbcTemplate Class
The JdbcDaoSupport Class
Spring Jdbc Exception Hierarchy
DAO Based on Spring Classes
Configuring a DataSource
Looking up a DataSource in JNDI
Building a DAO Without the Support Class
Queries and Updates
Querying with JdbcTemplate
Mapping Result Rows to Objects
Defining a RowMapper Class
Other Kinds of Query Methods
The SimpleJdbcTemplate Class
Hibernate Overview
Typical Hibernate Configuration File
Using Hibernate Directly
Spring Support for Hibernate
Template Support for Hibernate
Configuring a Hibernate Session Factory
Contextual Sessions
Spring Free DAO
What Approach to Use
Using Spring with JPA
Template Support for JPA
Support for Managing EntityManager
Obtaining an EntityManager from JNDI
Container-Managed EntityManager
Additional Spring Configuration
JPA Data Access Object
Extended Persistence Context  Aspect Oriented Programming
AOP Overview
The Issue with Crosscutting Concerns
Crosscutting Illustrated
Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) Defined
Spring AOP Introduction
Spring AOP with AspectJ Annotations
Defining an Aspect with @AspectJ
Defining a Pointcut
Defining Advice
Configuring Spring
A Program that Triggers Advice
More on How Spring AOP Works
Pointcut Expressions and Advice
Pointcut Expressions
Other Designators Available in Spring AOP
Combining Pointcut Expressions
Kinds of Advice
XML Based AOP Support
Defining Aspects Using XML
Specifying Advice with XML
Other Considerations
Spring Proxies and Direct Invocation
More on Spring Proxies
Issues with AOP
Is AOP Worth It
Other AOP Capabilities and Functionality

Transaction Managers
Configuring Transaction Managers
JTA Transaction Manager
Spring Declarative Transaction Management
Transactional Scope
Transaction Attributes for Propagation
Transaction Attributes Some Choices
Specifying Transaction Attributes
Additional Transactional Attributes
Rolling Back and Exceptions
XML Configuration
Specifying Transactions Using XML
Linking Advice with Pointcuts

 Web Applications with Spring MVC
Integration with Java EE
Spring and Java EE
Java EE Web Applications
Web Application Structure
Web Application Components
ApplicationContext and Web Apps
Configuring ContextLoaderListener
Using the Application Context
Spring MVC Basics
What is Spring MVC?
MVC Architecture
MVC Pattern Flow
Spring MVC Architecture
Simple Search App Model Servlets/JSP
Simple Search App Model Spring MVC
DispatcherServlet Initialization
Very Simple Controller
Control Flow
@RequestParam Parameter Binding
Returning Model Data
The Associated JSP Pages
Other Handler Method Capabilities
View Resolvers
Controller with Logical Names
Other View Resolvers
Forms and Command Objects
Spring MVC Form Tags
A JavaBean Command Class
Working with Model Classes
Request Handling Flow
Expsosing Reference Data in the Model
Pre-Annotation Based Configuration
MVC Without Annotations
Command Controllers
Configuring the Command Controller
Working with Forms
Defining a FormController
Configuring a Form Controller
Rendering the Form via Spring MVC
Summary Non-Annotation Method

 Spring Security Overview
Spring Security
Spring Web Security web.xml
Spring Web Security Spring Configuration
More Capabilities
Other Authentication Providers
Method Security
Method Security Annotations
Method Security Pointcut Expressions
Method Security XML Configuration

 Introducing Spring Web Flow 2
Spring Web Flow Overview
The Need for Spring Web Flow
What is Spring Web Flow?
Benefits of Spring Web Flow
Overview of Flow in SWF
Elements of a Flow
Defining a Flow
Defining Flows
Elements of a Flow Definition
How a Flow Works Start State
How a Flow Works Transition
How a Flow Works End State
How a Flow Works Web Pages
Leaving a Flow
Basic System Configuration
Configuring Spring Web Flow
Configuring a Flow Registry
Integrating with Spring MVC
Customizing the Flow Registry
Complete Application Context Configuration
Working with Data and Actions
Data Available to a Flow
Flow Instance Variables in Flow Definitions
Binding Model Objects to Views
View Pages and Model Binding
Flow Inputs in Flow Definitions
Actions and Programming in Flow Definitions
Examining an Action:

More on Spring Web Flow 2
The Spring Expression Language
EL Syntax
More of SpEL Expressions
EL Literals and Implicit Objects
EL Implicit Objects
Flow Control Using EL Expressions
Data Scopes
Variable Scopes
Request vs. Flash Scope
Flow Scope
Conversation Scope, and Subflows
Session Scope
Accessing the Scopes Within a Flow
Flow Language Elements
Overview of Language Elements
Overview of Action Related Elements
Overview of Other Elements
on-* Actions
Configuring Security

 Programming with Spring Web Flow 2
Creating Custom Actions
Programming Your Own Actions
The RequestContext
The ExternalContext
Using a Custom Action
Validation and Error Reporting
Validating a Model
Defining a Validator Method in the Model
Validation and ValidationContext
The MessageContext
Using Validation
Validation at Work
Defining a Validator Class
Resource Bundles
Parameterizing Error Messages
Data Conversion in Spring Web Flow
Defining a Converter
Registering a Converter
Using Subflows
Branching on Subflow End-State
Using Input/Output Variables
Using Conversation Scope
When to Use Subflows

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