Review of Spring Web Flow 2 Web Development

I was approached by one of the editors at Packt Publishing about doing a review of Spring Web Flow 2 Web Development.  I obviously said yes, the title of this post is “Review of Spring Web Flow 2 Web Development”  🙂  Plus, I really don’t have much experience with Spring Web Flow 2 (SWF2) and felt doing the review made perfect sense.

For those of you that appreciate my short, don’t-hold-back, opinions, I’ll start there:

Spring Web Flow 2 Web Development is both a great “getting started” book for people wanting to learn SWF2 and serves as a good high-level “getting started” with web programming using Spring / Java EE.  Definitely worth the time and money.

Now my detailed review:

Again, I really liked how Spring Web Flow 2 Web Development serves as both a jump-start on SWF2 and also covers technologies outside of SWF (Spring Security, build tools, Apache Tiles, etc).  The book isn’t a detailed reference manual, that leaves you feeling you still don’t know how to use the technology, but gives the right amount of walk-through examples and framework documentation.

When finished with the book you will understand how to install SWF2, how to build and use the examples.  You will have numerous, feature-rich examples the authors build throughout the book.  You’ll know how to use SWF2 in a request-respone Spring MVC app and also with a JSF application.  You  get a solid tutorial on using Apache Tiles (kind of odd in a SWF book), a very detailed explanation of Spring Security and integrating Spring Security with SWF.  You also will understand how to test your flow definition and SWF application while also learning about EasyMock.

Here are my bulleted notes chapter by chapter:

ch 1: Very short, brief intro to Spring Web Flow 2. High level terms and definitions

ch 2 setup and example app: install swf2 discuss the distribution discuss the example apps and how to build from src covers build systems (ant, mvn, ivy) eclipse and spring ide then a thorough example app -flow definition -service layer -dao with jpa impl

ch 3 web flow documentation detailed look at flow definition (.., scopes, states) least favorite chapter hard to read, not enough example tying concepts together

ch4 spring faces starts with intro to jsf I’m not interested in jsf

ch 5 sub flows – built on ch2 and ch3 spring javascript abstraction oddly placed apache tiles tutorial for combining swf, spring js, and tiles reference for web flow configuration

ch 6 testing swf apps covers use of AbstractXmlFlowExecutionTests short intro to EasyMock tests subflows

ch 7 really good intro spring security spring security and swf

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  6. Bonjour Samuel,Bienvenue chez moi,Pourquoi y-a-t-il si souvent des ânes dans les contes ?J’avoue ne pas m’être posé la question.Peut-on voir un rapport entre l’âme et l’âne ?En Provence, l’âne est un symbole de sagesse et il est sacré en Corse.Souvent, les histoires avec les ânes montrent qu’il ne faut pas se fier aux préjugés.J’ai en réserve plusieurs histoires d’ânes.Alors, à bientôt.Bonne journéeJean Paul

  7. Oh, malfs happen to Dream Tam, but she clears them so unflappably that they don't really count as a plot device int he dream, unlike the malfs that happen to Real Tam which count as a major plot device in getting spanked in a match.Maybe this "visualization" thing is for the birds…

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