Spring Core - Learn Spring Framework 4 and Spring Boot

Build a web application using Spring Framework 4 and Spring Boot
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Configure Dependency Injection in Spring
Use Spring Java based Configuration
Create a web application using Spring MVC
Save and update data in a H2 Database with JPA and Hibernate
Run a Spring Boot applicaiton


  • Basic Java programming skills are required


If you're new to the Spring Framework, this is the course you want to start with. This course covers the core of the Spring Framework, the foundation which all of the other Spring Framework projects are built from.

In this course, you will learn about important key concepts, such as dependency injection and inversion of control, which are used throughout the Spring Framework. Within the Spring Framework, you have the option of using the traditional XML configuration, or the new Java based configuration. I'll show you step by step how to configure Spring Beans using best practices in XML and Java. I'll also show you how to use Spring to persist data into a database, and Spring MVC to show content from the database on a webpage.

Throughout the course you will have access to the code examples being presented in the tutorials. This is code you can build and run on your computer. You will be able to study the working code examples. Whenever possible, I will go into real world use cases and examples from my years of experience as a Spring Source consultant. I've seen a lot of good code, and bad code over the years. Through my experience with Spring, I will show you good code and poor programming practices to avoid.

By the time we reach the end of this course, you will be able to build a functioning Spring Web Application.

In this course, you will learn about:

  • Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control (IoC) in the Spring Framework.

  • Spring Boot

  • Using Spring Initializr

  • Using Maven to build Spring Projects

  • How to use JUnit and Mockito to test Spring

  • Java and XML Spring Configuration

  • Spring MVC and Thymeleaf with Bootstrap CSS

  • Spring MVC Test

  • JPA / Hibernate

  • Spring JPA and using DAOs

  • Spring Profiles

NOTE: This course is on version 4 of the Spring Framework. Spring Framework version 5 was released in September of 2017. For those interested in learning about Spring, this free course is a great place to start! If you need to learn the current version of Spring, checkout my course titled Spring Framework 5: Beginner to Guru. Students enrolling in this course can access a discount code to my Spring Framework 5 course in the bonus lecture at the end of the course.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is ideal for Java developers to learn the Spring Framework.

Course content

10 sections65 lectures6h 5m total length
  • Instructor Introduction
  • Spring Core Course Introduction
  • History of EJB and the Birth of the Spring Framework
  • Spring Core
  • Spring Framework Projects
  • Is Your IDE Free Like a Puppy?
  • Free 120 Day IntelliJ Trial!


Spring Framework Guru - Best Selling Instructor
John Thompson
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Hi. I'm John.

I've been in the IT industry for over 20 years. Today, I specialize mainly in Java, the most successful and widely known programming language in use today. I also specialize with the Spring Framework, which the most popular open source application framework for building enterprise class applications on the Java platform. Just some of the organizations I've worked with include Visa, Kohls, Federal Home Loan Bank, and Belk Department Stores.

Through the courses I'm providing, I hope to leverage my years of experience to accelerate your learning of the Spring Framework. I'm not going to lie to you. The Spring Framework is a big framework. The environment for enterprise Java is even bigger. If you're new to Java, you have a lot to learn. I hope through the content on this web site I can accelerate your education of the Java and Spring landscape.