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The Pivotal Certified Spring Web Application Developer Exam: A Study Guide is the ideal preparation for the Pivotal Certified Spring Web Application Developer exam. It covers the following: Spring MVC DispatcherServlet configuration, Spring MVC programming model essentials, Spring MVC views and form processing, Spring Web Flow essentials, and Spring Web Flow actions and configuration.

When you become a Pivotal Certified Spring Web Application Developer, you'll receive one of the most valuable credentials available in enterprise Java. Achieving this certification demonstrates your ability to apply Spring's web projects to develop real-world Java web applications and validates your familiarity with Spring Web.

After reading and using this study guide, you'll be able to pass the certification exam and become a certified Spring Web Developer.



Chapter 1. Introduction

So here you are: you want to learn how to develop web applications using Spring, and you chose this study guide to help you. This might be one of the best decisions that you could make, as this book was written not only to help you to understand Spring Web, but to love it as well. This study guide may even help you pass the certification exam—if you follow all the instructions properly and do all the exercises. This study guide explores more Spring Web topics than those required by the exam; for example, it gives you a short overview of what Spring Web is all about, which you can skip reading, of course; but if you really want to learn Spring to develop web applications like a professional, then it would be wise not to skip this.
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Chapter 2. Spring Fundamentals

This chapter is necessary for building a Spring background, which will be very helpful in the upcoming chapters. This chapter will help you get familiar with the Spring container, context, beans, and most Spring core modules and how they work together to allow developers to focus on solving problems instead of building up support.
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Chapter 3. Spring MVC

This chapter was written with the intention of teaching a developer how to create a simple Spring web application and understand how the background plumbing can be modified according to the desired approach. Think of Spring infrastructure components as LEGO pieces. You can connect them in different ways to get the final result: a working web application. After going through this chapter, you should be able identify and use the main components of Spring MVC to create a web application in a few easy steps.
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Chapter 4. Spring Portlets

Although not required for the certification exam, spring portlets are covered in this book because a lot of medium-sized companies tend to favor portal applications, which come with a set of modules already implemented. Companies may also hire developers to provide the customized functionality via pluggable components. Usually, these portal applications are licensed and supported, which is an advantage when things do not go exactly as planned, because you have direct contact with a team of experts that can help you with problems specific to the software.
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Chapter 5. Spring RESTful Services

REST is an acronym for REpresentational State ransfer. It was introduced and defined in 2000 by Roy Fielding in his doctoral dissertation. REST is a lightweight alternative to mechanisms like RPC (Remote Procedure Calls) and web services (SOAP, WSDL, etc.). REST is an architecture style for designing networked (distributed) applications. The idea is that, rather than using complex mechanisms such as CORBA, RPC, or SOAP to connect machines, simple HTTP is used to make calls between machines. RESTful applications use HTTP requests to post data (create and/or update), read data (e.g., make queries), and delete data. Thus, REST uses HTTP for all four CRUD (create/read/update/delete) operations.
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Chapter 6. Spring Web with AJAX

The topic of this chapter is not a subject in the certification exam, but it is useful to know all the tools that can be used to develop a web application in the most efficient way. A properly designed user interface should ensure that a request is sent to the server only when the content of the request is complete and valid so that it can be used by a server operation. Using requests between the client and the server application is not a good practice. It is time-consuming and can go wrong when the network connection is unstable.
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Chapter 7. Spring Web Flow

As time went by, and more and more services could remotely use web applications, the web applications became more complex—and designing and implementing them became a cumbersome process. Most applications imply creating objects and passing them through several states, or creating objects depending on each other. Spring Web Flow (SWF) is a component of the Spring Framework’s web stack that was created to help develop complex applications by reducing the difficulty in development.
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Chapter 8. Spring Boot and WebSocket

Although they are not yet part of the certification exam, Spring Boot and Spring WebSocket are included in this book because of the potential that these two projects have in the future development of Spring Web applications.
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Appendix. Resources and Quiz Answers

The purpose of this appendix is to help you set up the development environment that you will use to write, compile, and execute the Spring applications specific to this book and to provide detailed responses for the questions in the quiz attached to each chapter.
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