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Pivotal Certified Professional Core Spring 5 Developer Exam: Study Guide Question

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Hi Iuliana,

In addition to purchasing your guide, what other resources, and more importantly why, do you personally recommend for someone like myself that will be getting back into Spring on upcoming projects from my old Spring MVC [2.x] days?  

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Hello Charles,

The book does a nice job in moving from XML to Java configuration; I designed it like that because when I started working with Spring and got certified, Java Configuration was only at its humble beginning. And since in the real world you're more likely to work on a legacy project, then on a project that has a full blown Java configuration, I wanted to keep the book practical. So yeah, moving from Spring 2.0 to Spring 5.0 should be something that this book could help you with.

As for resources well this is a collections of links that I periodically check when writing a Spring book:
- - the Spring official blog - whenever a new version of any of the Spring projects is released, its details will be posted here
- - to quickly generate Spring Boot projects and test things quick
- - all Spring projects and direct links to thier official reference documentation
- - John Thompson - he has working, practical Spring examples
- - the Official Pivotal page for the Spring Professional Certification, here is where you can find a Spring Study guide, and a list of topics required for the exam

I also have the tendency of using Spring SNAPSHOT versions and inspecting their code directly in IntelliJ IDEA. The code is publicly available on GitHub as well:

Everything you need to learn Spring is already publicly available. Most books just add in a suite of learning steps, a learning track and a project that lets you see how Spring can be integrated with other technologies; like different databases, Docker, Gradle, etc.


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SNAPSHOT ... which I had no idea of in my past experience is NOW very high on my list. (Unfortunately, Eclipse may be the closes thing to IntelliJ IDEA my employer may swing.)

Thanks for the well thought out answers!  
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