I started this blog on February 17, 2004 and started writing Spring Live a couple months later. In an interview on TSS, I admitted I didn't know anything about Spring when I started writing the book. Based on the book's Amazon ranking, that didn't prevent it from being a good book. It turned into a result of my thoughts and experiences while learning the Spring Framework from 2004 to 2006. During that time, I made more than 10 updates. The final update (available since the beginning of May) is from edits I did in July of last year. The tech and copy editing process carried into the fall, and with the help of Scott Nicholls and Sarah Hogan, I think you'll find this is the best version of Spring Live yet. I wish I could say that this book has been updated for Spring 2.0, but it hasn't. The last 3 chapters in the book use Spring 2.0 in its examples, but that's about it.
While I was writing this book, a lot of things happened to me. I traveled to Norway, became a father for the second time, and traveled to many conferences to talk about Spring. The whole experience was quite a ride. Thanks to SourceBeat for the opportunity to write this book and to the creators and maintainers of the Spring Framework for making it all possible. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all the readers to buying this book, submitting bugs and making it what it is today.
Unlike traditional books, Spring Live has changed, grown, and become better over the past two years. Although the 1.0 version was fun to write, the updates to this book were more exciting. Together, we acted as a team to produce an in-depth, pragmatic, and interesting book about the Spring Framework. As you provided feedback, I improved existing content in the book and added new content that you said interested you. This book is yours as much as it is mine.
To download this latest release, please visit http://springlive.com. You can read the release notes to see what's changed since the last release.
This blog will continue to exist, but is unlikely to be updated. If you post comments here, I'll try to answer them, but you might have better luck posting to the Spring Live Forum. You can check out my other blog for updates on my life, the technologies I use, and other fun stuff. Thanks for everything folks, it really was a great experience!