6 Courses to Learn Spring Framework in Depth
Check out the top six courses for learning the Spring Framework!
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Learning the Spring Framework is a very important skill for Java developers, not only to get a job as a Java developer but also for career advancement. Since Spring is now used in almost every Java project, it becomes almost mandatory to learn the Spring Framework. Now, the question arrises: what is the best way to learn the Spring Framework?
Is there any online course out there that is focused on Spring? What are some good books and resources for learning Spring? These questions are very common among Java developers and I often see them on forums, online chat channels, and many of my readers also ask me this on Facebook and via email. Well, the best way to learn any technology is by coaching, online courses, and books.
In the past, I have shared some of the best books to learn the Spring Framework (see here) and some advanced Spring courses for experienced developers (see here). Today, I am going to share some of the best online courses to learn the Spring Framework for Java developers, which includes both beginners and intermediate Java developers.
Also, keep in mind that the Spring Framework is a suite of technology, and depending upon your job, career aspiration, and what you like, you may need multiple courses to learn different aspects of the Spring Framework, e.g. Core Spring Framework, which is used in both core Java and other web applications and provides dependency injection and inversion of control.
Then, you also have Spring MVC, which is the most used technology/framework/pattern for developing Java web applications. It provides tools for handling requests and resolving views, and you can use to it develop both traditional web application as well as RESTful Web Services with Spring.
Then, there is Spring Security, which is probably the most important skill for any senior Java developer.
Since security is a paramount concern for many enterprises and web applications, good knowledge of Spring Security goes a long way in doing well in an interview and day-to-day job. Spring Security provides many tools to implement security as cross-cutting concern, e.g. authorization, authentication, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), and LDAP Integration out of the box.
Spring now also has another framework, Spring Boot, which simplifies the development of Java web application using the Spring Framework by using convention over configuration. This principle makes Maven super popular. Then, there is Spring Data and Spring Cloud as well, but more on that later.
6 Online Courses to Learn Spring Framework: Beginner to Advanced
In this article, I'll share some of the best online courses to learn Spring, Spring MVC, Spring REST, Spring Security, and Spring Boot. Most of these courses can be taken online and are provided by trusted online training providers, like PluralSight, Udemy, etc.
1. Spring Framework 5: Beginner to Guru
This is a good introduction to Spring MVC 5 framework. It's an online course that's almost 35 hours. It will explain what the Spring Framework is and how you can use it to develop web applications using Java and Spring.
In this course, you will learn more about how to build a basic web app, architecture, controllers, views, tags, validation, and Ajax within Spring MVC 4 and the newer Java configuration approach.
It is highly recommended that you have completed the previous course before attempting this one.
2. Learn Spring: The Certification Class
If you want to learn Spring 5 and Spring Boot 2 from scratch, in a guided, code-focused way, then this is the right course for you.
The instructor Eugen Paraschiv is an authority on Spring and has already authored some of the advanced Spring courses like REST with Spring, which will teach you how to develop RESTful web services using the Spring framework and Java, and the Learn Spring Security course will teach you how to secure a Spring-based Java application.
In this course, Eugen Paraschiv has shared his extensive experience in Spring 5 and Spring boot in a guided and code-focused way.
You will also learn more about costly mistakes that many Java developers make while developing Java applications using the Spring Framework and tips on how to avoid them.
3. Spring Security Fundamentals
This is another good course on the Spring Framework from Bryan Hansen and PluralSight. This course is also four hours long and you will learn more about the fundamentals of the Spring Security framework.
This course covers how to develop your first secure application, user storage in memory and in a database, client integration with taglibs, password storage, customizing the UI, method level security, as well as method-level permissions, basic LDAP configuration, and forcing connections over HTTPS.
4. Learn Spring Security Certification Class
This is one of the best and most in-depth online courses on Spring Security. You will learn everything about Spring Security and how it helps to secure Java web applications.
Eugen has done a great job in explaining both fundamentals like authentication, authorization, remember-me functionality as well as advanced topics like OAuth, two-factor authentication, Access Control List, and advanced REST API security.
He has recently launched a certification course, which also contains lots of quizzes and exercises to digest the comprehensive material.
You will also get a certification upon completion. This course allows you to download all the lessons for offline reading, too!
5. Spring Fundamentals
If you are absolutely new to Spring and want to learn it from scratch, this is the online course for you! This course covers all of the fundamentals of Spring.
You will learn how to develop Spring-based Java applications using Java configuration, XML configuration, annotation-based configuration, beans and their scopes, and properties.
The course is available on PluralSight; you need a membership to view these tutorials, which cost around $29 per month, but you can start with a 10-day free trial, which gives you 200 minutes to access any course.
6. Spring Framework Master Class
This is another comprehensive Spring course. It starts with an introduction to the widely-used Java Spring framework and goes on to explain how to wire together your Java objects using Spring and dependency injection.
You'll also learn how to set up your system for Spring development, how to use Maven, how to work with databases using Spring and Hibernate, and how to create web applications with Spring MVC.
We'll also look at managing user accounts with Spring Security, JDBC, working with web forms, Apache tiles for building modular web pages, aspect-oriented programming (AOP) and using Log4J and JUnit.
It has around 12 hours of lessons and cost around 210$ but you can get it on just $9.99 on Udemy's flash sale, one of the popular and trust online training and course provider.
That's all about some of the best online courses to learn Spring Framework. Eugen's courses are costly as compared to PluralSight or Udemy but they are worthy of every penny spent. You will learn a lot more, real-world usage of various Spring tools like Spring MVC and Spring Security on those courses.
Btw, if you are someone who likes to learn from books, then please check out my list of best books to learn Spring Framework. If you just need one book, then just go and buy Spring in Action 4th edition, it covers Spring 4 and teaches you how to develop Spring-based Java application using annotations.
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