3 tips to learn Spring (Core) Framework the easy way

The Spring Framework still is one of the most popular Java frameworks available today. Because of its popularity, many Java developers decide to start working with Spring. But how do you get started when you have never touched the Spring Framework before?

We give you 3 tips that will be a great help to you when you want to get started with Spring. Get started with Spring the easy way!

Straight to the tips!

First things first: make sure you have the proper prior knowledge

It’s no use to get started with Spring if you don’t have the right prior knowledge. There are a few things you should know before you get started. 

Since the Spring Framework is based on Java, you need good knowledge of the Java programming language. You should be comfortable with writing Java code, and have a good understanding of at least one popular IDE such as Eclipse, Apache NetBeans or IntelliJ. 

Having Java knowledge is the most important prerequisite for getting started with Spring, but there are a few additional things you could look into to make your Spring learning journey easier:

More particularly MySQL. This knowledge is useful if you’re developing an application which needs to persist data into a data warehouse or needs to propagate data to a third party database.

Web-technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can be useful to learn when you want to build websites and user interfaces.

JEE and JSE-related technologies such as servlets and Java Database Connectivity (JDBC).

The MVC pattern is useful when you’re designing the front end of an application.

3 easy tips to start learning the Spring (Core) Framework

There are many ways to get started with Spring, and there is no right or wrong way to learn it. Where you start will mostly depend on your personal preferences. We list 3 tips to get you started easily!

1. Consult Spring’s official resources

You can find a learn section on Spring’s website which offers a quickstart guide, lots of getting started guides, topical guides and tutorials. They all offer clear explanations and coding examples to help you get started with Spring. They also offer extensive documentation on their website. If you’re not that much of a reader, you can always check out Spring’s YouTube channel for helpful tutorials and recaps of their events.

2. Turn to Spring’s vivid community

Should you run into a certain issue that you can’t solve yourself, you can rely on Spring’s huge community to help you solve your problem. You can find the Spring community on Stack Overflow, GitHub and Gitter. Spring also organises a number of events with experienced speakers on multiple Spring-related subjects. Some examples are SpringOne and Spring I/O.

3. Practice makes perfect!

The best way to learn is by getting your hands dirty! Don’t get lost in theory and start practising as soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so. Spring’s official website offers many getting started guides with coding examples to get you started.

Bonus tip: follow up your self-study with an official VMware Tanzu Spring Core training

Even though there are plenty of resources available online to help you learn the Spring Framework, it can be quite overwhelming to learn Spring on your own. The amount of documentation available on Spring is huge, so it will take some time to go through all of it. The easiest way to learn the ins and outs of Spring and Spring Boot is to follow-up your self-study with our Spring Core training, designed by VMWare Tanzu. 

During the Spring Core training, you will be guided by an experienced VCI (VMware Certified Instructor) who will equip you with the skills you need to be a successful Spring practitioner. By the end of this course, you will have a solid foundation for creating enterprise and cloud-ready applications. The course also prepares you for the official certification exam.

Learn more about our Spring Core training in our dedicated training datasheet.

This datasheet will provide you with all the information you need:

  • Training content

  • Course prerequisites

  • Practical details such as duration and pricing

  • Information about the Spring Professional certification exam

  • An FAQ

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What our students say about the Spring Core training

The course was very hands-on, so there was a lot of information that I could immediately apply in my day to day work. Even though I already had a lot of experience with Spring, I still learned a lot of new things. Also the in-depth knowledge made me better understand the software that I've been working with for a long time already, which increased my insights in how to work with this software, troubleshoot issues, etc.

I have been working with Spring and Spring Boot for quite a while, but I never did an official training for it. There were some parts that I wasn't very familiar with, and it was good to refresh the other topics.

I am already a very experienced user of the Spring core libraries, including Spring Boot. But, certain areas I didn't have much experiences with and from other, mainly the internals, I was not 100% sure that I knew how they worked. By following this course I wanted to get this missing piece of my Spring knowledge. I already applied some of the knowledge to the stories I am currently working on.

Learn more about our Spring Core training in our dedicated training datasheet.

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