Spring in Practice

Willie Wheeler's Spring blog

Spring in Practice - the Book

About This Blog

This is Willie Wheeler’s blog for the Manning title, Spring in Practice, by Willie Wheeler and Joshua White. The posts here generally supplement what’s in the book.

If you need support for something in the book, please post your question to the book’s forum at Manning.

Code & Setup

Getting the source code

The source code for Spring in Practice is freely available from GitHub. You don’t have to buy the book to download it, though obviously I hope that you’ll find the material sufficiently compelling to consider buying it after all. Each chapter has its own repo, and there’s a repo for common dependencies as well:

Each chapter is organized as an incremental set of recipes around some common theme. Each recipe has its own branch in the chapter’s repo. Recipe 9.1, for instance, is branch 01 in the chaper 9 repo. (The links above point at master branches, and as such they reflect the last recipe in each chapter.)

Importing the source code into Eclipse (or Spring Tool Suite)

I created a YouTube video explaining how to import the sample code.

Building and configuration

The book includes an appendix explaining how the Maven builds and project configurations are organized, but I’ll go ahead and describe them here as well since some of the MEAP readers and technical reviewers have already asked for better guidance.

Each recipe externalizes user- and/or environment-specific configuration from the main project code. So in general you will not want to directly edit files in the /sample_conf directory. Those are there as documentation rather than configuration. Instead you’ll want to do the following.

Step 1: Book configuration setup (one time only). Skip this step if you’ve already done this for some other recipe, as it’s a one-time setup for the whole book.

Create a directory somewhere on your filesystem to store your app configuration files for this book. For instance, I created


Go into your Maven [user_directory]/.m2/settings.xml configuration file (create it if it doesn’t already exist—see the Maven documentation) and create a sip.conf.dir property pointing to whichever directory you want to use as the top-level configuration directory for the apps in this book. Here’s a simple example of an settings.xml file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

Step 2: Chapter configuration setup (per chapter). Each chapter in the book is an incremental series of recipes, so you will need a chapter-specific folder for each one: sip01, sip02, sip03, ..., sip14. Those are the names you need to use; if you use sip3 instead of sip03, it won’t work. You can create all of them at the beginning if you like, or you can create them as you need them. Either way, create them inside the general configuration directory from step 1 above:


For each chapter, copy the full contents of the chapter’s first recipe’s /sample_conf directory into the chapter-specific configuration directory. Don’t copy /sample_conf itself—just its contents. Once again, you can do this all at once if you like, though it’s probably easier for you if you just do it as you start each new chapter.

Step 3: Chapter resource setup (per chapter). Each chapter uses some set of resources (e.g., database, JavaMail, etc.) to provide backend services to the app. In the case of databases, each chapter that uses one has its own database. For Javamail, it probably makes sense to set up a single SMTP service since there’s no reason for each chapter to use a separate one. Anyway, you’ll need to set these up.

For the databases, the scripts you need are MySQL 5.1 scripts inside the recipe’s /src/main/sql directory. (These are usually called something like schema.sql and data.sql, though the naming isn’t 100% consistent across all chapters.) If you need something other than MySQL 5.1, you’ll probably have to make minor modifications to the scripts. In most cases we’re not doing anything fancy in the database scripts at all.

For SMTP, I recommend using Gmail if you don’t already have something available. See my post on Configuring Jetty to use Gmail as an SMTP provider for more information.

As noted above, this is a once-per-chapter affair, though sometimes the resources don’t appear until later recipes in the chapter.

Step 4: Chapter configuration (per chapter). Use the jetty-env.xml configuration in your chapter-specific configuration directory to configure JNDI resources. Note that not all chapters have a jetty-env.xml configuration file since not all chapters use external resources.

Most chapters also include a /classes/spring/environment.properties configuration file. Open it up and make any adjustments that seem sensible given your local environment. The details are chapter- and environment-specific. If the meaning of a property isn’t clear from the name, then you’ll want to consult the chapter itself to see what the property means and how it is being used.

Step 5: Running the app (per recipe). You can run the app using the Maven Jetty plugin as follows:

mvn -e clean jetty:run

When the app starts up, in most cases you will direct your browser to


to see the app. There are some exceptions, but the book calls them out where they exist.


Despite our best efforts, the book contains errors. We’re collecting those up here with the hope that doing so will help clear up any confusion that such errors engender. Please report errors to the book’s forum at the Manning site.


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Chapter 1

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Chapter 2

In listing 2.14, the entityManagerFactory definition should have a JPA vendor adapter:

<bean id="entityManagerFactory" ...>
    <property name="jpaVendorAdapter">
        <bean class="org.springframework.orm.jpa.vendor.HibernateJpaVendorAdapter" />

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Chapter 3

Section 3.5.6 incorrectly says that we will discuss MultipartResolver in chapter 11 (purportedly about product catalogs, but in fact about CMDBs), and also says that we’ll discuss LocaleResolver and ThemeResolver in chapter 7 (claimed to be about user interfaces; actually about ACLs).

Chapter 4

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Chapter 5

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Chapter 6

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Chapter 7

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Chapter 8

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Chapter 9

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Chapter 10

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Chapter 11

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Chapter 12

The summary introduces Chapter 13 as being about product catalogs, but Chapter 13 is really about enterprise integration.

Chapter 13

/sip13/portal/sample_conf/classes/spring/portal.properties is missing from the code distribution. You can get it at the GitHub site.

Chapter 14

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