Java is one of the most popular programming languages in the technology space. A range of Java-related tools, libraries, frameworks and JVM languages have been developed to enable developers to leverage the power of Java ecosystem effectively. Java frameworks are used in a variety of use cases, such as game programming, back-end development and application development. There are a range of Java frameworks available in the market, such as Apache Struts, Hibernate, Spring MVC and more.

Spring framework is one of the most popular and widely used Java frameworks in web application development for enterprise-level Java. It offers a ton of modern features, such as dependency injection (DI), support for aspect-oriented programming, robust authentication and more. So, Java programmers working on Java enterprise-level development projects can leverage the power of Spring framework. Moreover, beginners as well as novice Java developers can also learn to develop Spring-based applications and increase their job prospects.

So, here I am presenting a list of popular books for learning in detail about the various features of Spring framework and the best practices in Spring-based application development. So, get ready to check out the list of 8 Popular Books for Learning Spring Framework.

1. Getting Started With Spring Framework

Getting Started With Spring Framework
Beginners as well as amateur Java programmers who are keen on learning web application development from scratch using Spring framework should definitely check out this book. ‘Getting Started With Spring Framework’ is written by Ashish Sarin and J Sharma. The book contains several important examples related to developing Java enterprise applications using Spring 4. It features numerous useful chapters which deal with a myriad of topics, such as Introduction to Spring framework and modules, dependency injection, aspect-oriented programming, database interaction using Spring and Spring Web MVC basics.

2. Spring Recipes

Spring Recipes
‘Spring Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach’ features a range of coding recipes to gain hands-on training on web application development using Spring 3. The book is authored by Gary Mark, Daniel Rubio and Josh Long and is published by Apress. It covers a range of relevant Spring framework topics, such as Spring IoC Container, Spring Web Flow, Spring MVC, Spring Testing, Transaction Management and more. The book also teaches to use scripting languages like BeanShell, Groovy and JRuby with Spring framework.

3. Pro Spring 3

Pro Spring 3
Pro Spring 3 is another popular book on learning Spring Framework, which is written by Clarence Ho and Rob Harrop and is published by Apress. It is one of the most comprehensive guides on Spring Framework, which is a powerful enterprise Java application development framework. Beginners as well as professional Java programmers get to learn some of the core Spring framework topics in detail, such as introduction to IoC and dependency injection (DI) in Spring, aspect-oriented programming, using MyBatis and Hibernate in Spring, transaction management, using Spring remoting and more.

4. Spring In Action

Spring in Action
‘Spring In Action’ is a useful book on Spring framework, which is authored by Craig Walls and published by Manning Publications Co. The book provides practical training on developing Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) applications from scratch. It covers an array of useful topics, such as Spring MVC, Spring REST, web flow, Spring Expression Language (SpEL) and Spring remote services. ‘Spring In Action’ is one of the best books to learn in-depth about the various powerful features of Spring 3.0.

5. Spring In Practice

Spring in Practice
‘Spring In Practice’ is another popular book which covers web application development techniques using Spring framework 3.0. The book contains practical examples which allow learning a range of skills in Spring development, such as dependency injection, data persistence, Spring Web MVC, Spring mobile technology, web flow, user authentication, configuration management and integration testing. The authors of this book are Willie Wheeler and Joshua White and its publisher is Manning Publications Co.

6. Spring 4 for Developing Enterprise Applications

Spring 4 for Developing Enterprise Applications
‘Spring 4 for Developing Enterprise Applications: An End-to-End Approach’ is a book authored by Henry H. Liu and published by PerfMath. The book is suitable for anyone who wants to learn in-depth about developing enterprise application using Spring 4. It teaches to build a fully-working sample Secure Online Banking Application for different platforms, such as Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. The book also provides several practical examples while describing relevant concepts, such as Spring modules, MySQL, Spring Web MVC Framework, Hibernate, aspect-oriented programming and RESTful web services.

7. Spring MVC

Spring MVC
‘Spring MVC: Beginner’s Guide’ is an ideal book that is aimed at teaching beginners the best practices for building a Spring-MVC-based application. The book explains in detail about the Spring MVC architecture and Spring MVC request flow. It covers various topics, such as configuration of Spring Development Environment, installation of TomCat web server and Maven build tool, using Gradle build tool, implementation of RESTful web services, Apache tiles and integration testing. ‘Spring MVC: Beginner’s Guide’ is authored by Amuthan G and is published by Packt Publishing.

8. Spring Integration in Action

Spring Integration in Action
‘Spring Integration in Action’ is a book published by Manning Publications Co. and is authored by Mark Fisher, Jonas Partner, Marius Bogoevici and Iwein Fuld. It is a practical guide to enterprise integration and messaging using the Spring Integration framework. The book allows learning to build, test, and maintain enterprise integration solutions. It covers a range of topics, such as introduction to spring integration and enterprise integration fundamentals, messaging applications, e-mail based integration, chatting, tweeting, scheduling, concurrency and web services.

With that we have come to the end of our list. Most of the books featured on the list are updated with the latest editions. A few of them may be a bit old but they are still considered useful even today. If you have some more names to add to the list or have some relevant feedback to share with others, then you can write in the comments section below.