Your Fasted Way to Get Started with Spring Boot 2

You are frustrated.

After dozens of online tutorials, contradicting each other or leaving essentials out, that is no wonder.

I feel you.

I had the same issue 10 years ago when I dove into the Spring Framework; Spring Boot wasn’t even a thing back then.

Reading those traditional programming books wasn’t even better. Boring, hard to read and understand and the worst thing for me was, that its just a bunch of information and I had to make sense out of it by myself again — no help from the books whatsoever.

And then the DAY came — my nightmare. I was hired for a project using Spring. And besides a rough idea of the basics concepts I had no experience, no clue how it would go. And the devs on the team weren’t in a better position than me. The original devs of that project were long gone and with them the Spring knowhow. All other were just googling and stackoverflowing through their day. It drove me nuts.

Over time I got better and relied less and less on Google and eventually became the goto Spring-guy on each team. Nevertheless, that was a hard way. I wished there had been an easier route.

Imagine a Fast Path to Spring Without Hassles?

A path with structured content, so you could understand the concepts and how to apply them. A path with valid explanations and working samples. You learn a lot more from reading code. Simple, easy to understand code with the least amount of textual explanations. With someone, you could ask, at your side; in a friendly, helpful environment: no stackoverflow hostility, no frustrated googling.

I’d love to had that back in the days.

Frankly, I’d still love having that. I didn’t find it.

I had to create it. And that’s precisely what I did. I started to develop teaching material in a way I love to learn, in a way I knew many of my fellow devs like you love to learn too.

Learn From a Seasoned Developer

I firmly believe that the best way to learn a new language or framework is to actually code in it and following a simple learning process. Mine looks in summary like:

Learning = ( Small scope, research and a structured way to actually build something ) * repeat * reason

The reason is up to you, but the rest of the equation is covered by my guide and assistance.

I researched for you, I set the scope for building your first microservice with Spring Boot, and I deliver the structure too. In text form, without fluff or bullshit, so you can progress at your own pace and also search the material. Ever tried searching in a video?

Furthermore, you can write me and ask questions. I’ll help out.

I build it the way friends, and I love to learn and wish we could find when diving into new topics. Luckily, you can now and benefit from it.

The Project

We create a Microservice for storing comments and providing a REST-like Interface for interacting with the data. The sample application is modeled after a real production application to guide you through building your first Spring Boot application.

We focus on the backend and API and will not cover a UI.

What You Will Learn

  • The basics of the Spring Framework, what it is, what problems it solves and how to use it
  • A brief introduction to Maven for those unfamiliar with it
  • What Spring Boot is and how it makes working with the Spring Framework much easier
  • How to build a microservice with Spring Boot 2
  • How to store data in a relational database using the Spring Data JPA Framework
  • How to write a REST API using Spring MVC
  • How to create a service layer and integrate a legacy library in two variations
  • How to test the individual components of our application
  • A simple way to secure your application
  • How to use monitoring and health checks out of the box with Spring Boot
  • How to use logging in your application
  • How to deploy your application as a standalone microservice

Your fastest and easiest way to get started. No fluff, no bullshit, no outdated tutorials, and other things wasting your time. Code-centric and to the point explanations.

Single Pocket Guide Only

  • The Pocket Guide Spring Boot - How to Get Started and Build a Microservice - hyperfocused, no fluff, no bullshit
  • DRM-free in Kindle, ePub and PDF format
  • FREE Updates for Life
  • Bonus chapter implementing the backend with MongoDB with full source code
  • Full source code
  • A cheat sheet of Spring Boot Essentials
  • A cheat sheet of Spring Data JPA
  • A cheat sheet of Spring Data MongoDB

Spring Boot Pocket Guides Complete Bundle

  • incl. all of the previous PLUS
  • Pocket Guide Spring Boot and Single-Page Applications: Integrate Your Microservice Securely with Your Single-Page Application
  • Pocket Guide Spring Boot Intermediate Microservices: Resilient Microservices with Spring Boot 2 and Spring Cloud
  • DELUXE support per email (<48h response time, usually faster)

Complete Bundle + Mentoring (NEW)

  • incl. all of the previous PLUS
  • Send PR for code review and feedback
  • 2 months of email-based mentoring on the guides topics. I'll keep you accountable and will make sure the guides are delivering for you.
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Your 100% Money-Back Guarantee

Don't put off getting started with Spring Boot. If you are not satisfied with the guide, email me within 30 days of your purchase, and I give you a full refund. I don't ask questions; however, it would be great if you provide me with quality feedback so I can improve on it.

Don't Take My Word For It

Here’s what other developers have said:

I love this book. Just enough info to quickly get to the heart of the matter. I was new to Spring Boot, and this book helped give me perspective. Thank you for writing it.

-- Larry

I hesitated first to learn Spring Boot instead of Spring standalone. Glad I did anyway. Learned a good and easy way to develop an application with rest services and it even covered deployment. Now, I'm having other choices and know how to run a Spring app from scratch. Clearly, recommend it for beginners as it was easy to learn.

-- Benoit

I bought this book because I wanted to learn a simple way of creating API endpoints AND securing them and I was happy to see that this book delivered. Most of the material I've read on this before was either too complex, outdated or simply skipped the security part entirely...

-- Nelson

... This book ... is much easier and fit for someone like me who is just starting out. It’s structured and the author clearly is an expert in the material...

-- Hanete

Still Have Questions?

Why Buy Your Guide?

It is your fastest and easiest way to get started. No fluff, no bullshit, no outdated tutorials and other things wasting your time. Code-centric and to the point explanations.

I am honest with you. You have multiple options to get started with Spring Boot. My guide is not the only one. Although, it is the fastest and without the pitfalls of the alternatives. But let's take a closer look at your choices and how they compare:

Using Free Online Tutorials

Going full DIY using the Spring Boot docs and maybe some free incomplete, outdated and confusing tutorials online; most are for version 1.5 or earlier. It works but takes lots of time and frustration, except you are like me and have been already working with Spring for a decade; then it is not more as a bump on the road... However, it probably will take you a few weeks or even months to understand how to build an application.

Using Traditional Programming Books

You could use a traditional programming book, one of those 400+ page gorilla compendiums where they show you almost all features of Spring Boot but leave you clueless how to use those bits and implement even a simple application. At the same time, you are making one of the biggest learning mistakes and reading the book front to back. Nothing will stick. How do I know? I made the same mistake before like many others too. They are reference material, but not for actively learning anything. How long does it take you to read such work? 1 month? 2 month? Even more? Have you built anything at that time?

Using Video Courses

Or you go the "modern" way and binge watch a few video courses averaging at 10 hours play time. Not included are the endless pause, rewind, play cycles. Or fast forwarding because the voice of the instructor is so annoying or what he says is too redundant. As much as I love videos as the next guy, it is the wrong media for learning hard coding topics.

In-Class Training

Honestly, it is the best option to attend one of my in-person, in-class teachings here in Frankfurt. 2 to 3 days full-time deep dive into starting with Spring Boot and I as your instructor at your side guiding you. But that's 1200 Euro for two days, and there is a high chance you are not even close to my location.

Why Should I Learn Spring Boot And Not Node.js, Laravel or Any Other?

Spring and Spring Boot are a mature technology enlightening the Java dev world for over 15 years now. It is the alternative to Java Enterprise. Enterprise-proven and still lightweight.

Ever compared the salaries of Spring Developers vs. Javascript or PHP? Way more money on the Spring side.

Should I Start With Spring or Spring Boot?

It is more comfortable learning Spring by starting with Spring Boot because, in its essence, Spring Boot is just a way of rapidly starting new Spring applications with a few bells and whistles added of course. It hides away an enormous amount of the complexity involved and thus makes it way more accessible for beginners to have their first successes soon as reader Benoit experienced first hand.

What Happens If I Buy the Pocket Guide and You Release an Update? Will I Need to Buy the New Version, too?

No. You get free updates for life whenever new content is available.

Do You Have a Return Policy?

Yes, if you are not satisfied, email me within 30 days of your purchase, and I'll refund you. I don't ask questions; however, it would be great if you give me quality feedback so I can improve on it.

Are There Any Restrictions On the Pocket Guides?

No. I trust you to do the right thing. They are 100% DRM free.

Do I Need Any Prior Knowledge or Experience to Learn Spring Boot

You need to be able to code in Java. Experience with the Spring Framework is not necessary. We will start with an introduction to the Spring Core, the basics, and then move forward to Spring Boot. As a build tool, we are using Maven, and we also cover it with a brief introduction in case you are not familiar with it.

I Have Another Question.

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Who are You, Anyways?

My name is Jens and I am a software developer from Frankfurt, Germany. Self-taught and professionally coding since 1999 in the Java universe. I started with Java 1.1 and enjoyed the pain of Java Enterprise - yeah EJB Spec 0.93b - that was awful. Spring saved me, so I switched to it over a decade ago and never looked back.

Some time ago I discovered that my purpose in life is helping others in making better decisions for themselves which they can live with. Instead of doing this on the go, I switched now full-time to teaching fellow devs.

My guides are the kind of material I love reading myself but never found before.

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