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Spring in Action already outdated?

 
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Hi Craig, your book is valuable resource for learning Spring. Thanks on your efforts.

Do you have plans on updating your book to reflect newly released Spring Framework 4? Now it seems that Spring in Action is outdatedeven before it is released.
 
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Craig said here:

https://coderanch.com/t/641288/Spring/Updates-Spring-Action

That Spring 4 is covered. You are missing some of the latest features from 4.1 but that is a far cry from being out dated I doubt that the absence of these invalidates much (if any) of the contents of the book. It takes a long time to write a book, it would never make it to press if it had to be updated for every point release
 
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Writing a software technical manual is like buying a car. As soon as you drive it out of the lot, it's old

One thing I have figured after reading the Third edition, is that reading Spring In Action brings you upto speed enough that you can keep up with Spring as you go. Spring modules tend to either build on other modules, or enhance something that is already there.
 
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Yeah, the book's page at manning.com is incorrect. I've emailed someone to have that changed. The book definitely covers Spring 4. It doesn't cover Spring 4.1, as the book was all-but-complete when 4.1 started to take shape and I didn't want to stop the presses to update it again.

Interesting backstory: Spring in Action 4 was only supposed to be a small update to cover new stuff in Spring 3.1. Then something unusual happened: Spring 3.2 was released on schedule. And then Spring 4.0 was released on schedule. Twice I did a "stop the presses" reset on the project to bring it up to speed with the latest Spring release. But I decided that Spring 4 was where the line would be drawn and that it had to go out, even if Spring 4.1 is the latest and greatest.

Note that the primary new feature in Spring 4.1 is resource resolution and transformation (what some call an "asset pipeline"). It's a cool feature and I'm sure you'll love it. But not enough to drag down the SiA4 publication date any further.


Bill Gorder wrote:Craig said here:

https://coderanch.com/t/641288/Spring/Updates-Spring-Action

That Spring 4 is covered. You are missing some of the latest features from 4.1 but that is a far cry from being out dated I doubt that the absence of these invalidates much (if any) of the contents of the book. It takes a long time to write a book, it would never make it to press if it had to be updated for every point release

 
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I am starting to buy technical books to study and I run into this situation quite a bit, where the book on a topic is released but is behind the "current" version.
Now I just ask if the book is enough get me up to speed, if so I will buy.
 
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