This blog will go through the steps required to setup a basic Spring 4 MVC web application using Netbeans and Maven. The Spring 4 project will be configured using annotations and plain Java rather than XML.
It is a step by step guide to getting up and running quickly. There are plenty alternative methods to doing this but this one is simple, lightweight and to the point. A maven project is available for download at the end of this blog.
A much better approach to this problem is simply to use JSON. A number of comments below are in regard to nested lists. The solution detailed here does not readily facilitate nested lists. The solution outlined in this blog does: http://outbottle.com/spring-4-web-mvc-json-handling/. JSON is the recommended way of achieving “Adding Objects to a List element on the fly”
Alternatively, this blog also demonstrates the solution:
The project downloadable below is an answer to a question repeated in this blog (Spring 3 MVC – Adding Objects to a List element on the fly at form submit – (Generic method))
“How can I submit nested lists of objects?”
The answer is AJAX and JSON.
A very good approach to this is with AngularJS and Spring as demonstrated here.
ok, hard to describe this one and hard to find stuff on google so here’s an image explaining.
This tutorial demonstrates how to handle exceptions in Spring 3 Web MCV.
A Netbeans project is available for download at the bottom of this page.
This tutorial on “Integrating Hibernate with Spring 3 Web MVC” incorporates:
Hibernate Transaction Control
@RequestMapping friendly URL’s. More on this specific Spring 3 Web MVC friendly URL topic here. (Alternative @RequestParam method here)
A Generic DAO suitable for Hibernate operations with Spring 3 Web MVC. More here in this separate Generic DAO tutorial.
Spring 3 Web MVC Dependency Injection (DI) and Inversion of Control (IoC). More on DI and IoC here.
Netbeans (7.1.1 used here but any version will do)
The complete Netbeans project is available for download here. The SQL for the project is included in the download in the WEB-INF folder.
Update: Jan 8, 2014
The project originally available for download does not work with Netbeans 8 due to libraries that were in Netbeans 7.1.1 no longer available in Netbeans 8. Additionally, a comment below referencing Netbeans 7.0 .1 may suggest the same problem. This enforces the point that a dependency management utility is a much better means of building projects. To that end this project has been recreated using Maven. This ensures it will work irrespective of IDE version. In fact because it’s a maven project it’s not dependant on an IDE at all. It should work on any IDE that supports Maven. Netbeans of course, does support Maven. Here is the download link SpringHibernateCrudMvn for the Maven version of this application.
The POM is quite comprehensive in that it includes support for Spring, Spring-Security, Jackson, Hibernate, Hibernate-search and a bunch of other utilities. It can serve as a template to a certain extent.
This tutorial will detail how to insert services and components (Dependency Injection) into a Spring 3 Web MVC Netbeans application.
The process used is Dependency Injection (DI) or Inverse of Control (IoC) whereby Spring will instantiate (or inject) certain components at runtime rather than at having them initiated at compile time. This provides a highly decoupled design which facilitates ‘change’ more easily. Importantly, it also makes comprehensive Unit Testing (with Mock Objects) much easier to achieve. IoC is a conventional design pattern.
This tutorial is quite comprehensive in that it will simulate CRUD operations on ‘Person’ objects. For simplicity, it does not used a database, data will be put stored in the ‘HttpSession’ object instead.
6-Nov-2014 –> Please note that a new blog now exists for Spring 4 Web MVC using Maven and Netbeans with Java configuration (no XML at all) here – John
This tutorial will simply detail one correct way to create a simple Spring 3 web application using Netbeans.
Note: The Spring plugin for Netbeans (that is being distributed with Netbeans 7.7.1 and previous) is actually designed for Spring 2 and is therefore somewhat misleading. This tutorial overcomes that giving you the correct way to generate a Spring 3 web project.
A fully working Netbeans project is available for download at the bottom of the page.