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Getting going with Spring development

26 February 2010

I’m working on some small projects that I will post here to demonstrate some Spring functionality.

To follow/build the projects I recommend installing the SpringSource Tool Suite. The tool suite is a version of eclipse customised towards Spring development activities. You can carry out Spring development without the Tool Suite, but I’d recommend its use if you’re new to Spring.

It also comes with Maven preconfigured. I use Maven since it provides a nice way of grabbing all the dependencies I need for a project. I’d recommend taking a look at http://maven.apache.org/.


Getting SpringSource Tool Suite
Visit http://www.springsource.com/products/sts and click the Download link towards the bottom of the page. The next page requires you enter some information and click the Download Now button to get access to the software.

The next page provides a list of all the different distribution options. I went for the win32 installer option.

Installing SpringSource Tool Suite
If you have downloaded an installer option, run the installer.