This week's book giveaway is in the Programmer Certification forum. We're giving away four copies of OCP Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 11 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-815 and have Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff on-line! See this thread for details.
First of all, thank you for updating your book to Spring 5.
I don't see many books focused on Spring 5 certification.
So, thank you! This will help in my preparation.
I feel like this is a very broad question, and you can answer it however you like.
But, here's my context for the question.
You've written 2 other books on Spring certification.
Is the 2nd edition of "Pivotal Certified Professional Core Spring 5 Developer Exam" more challenging to write?
Is it a complete overhaul, or are there still items/chapters from the 1st edition?
Upgrading the book was difficult as hell, especially since I started writing the book using JDK 11 and by the time I finished JDK 13 was out. The source code is compatible with JDK 12, btw. I did not manage it to make it compatible with JDK 13 unfortunately.
JDK is changing fast, Gradle tries to keep up, Pivotal tries to keep up. I was upgrading to new versions and I found myself a few times with a broken build for reasons that took days to identify and fix.
Also, I really wanted a new project for this book, so all code had to be removed, text related to it as well.
There are Spring topics that were removed from the certification exam and Spring components that were removed completely from the framework. I had to carefully identify them and remove them without losing the overall coherence of the book. I also tried to remove all usage of deprecated components.
It was challenging, but when it was done I felt so content with the result.
I would say, there is not much left of the first edition. The code in the book is totally new and the text... is about 60% to 70% new. Also, there is a chapter on Reactive Spring and one on Kotlin, and a full microservices chapter.
I guess at this point, if one of you that read the old one buys the new one, they could prove me right or contradict me in a few months.
posted 2 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing your journey!
I agree that both Spring and Java update too fast; it's almost difficult to keep up.
Nevertheless, I look forward to reading the new book.
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