SCT - VMware Spring: Core Training

SCT - VMware Spring: Core Training

SCT - VMware Spring: Core Training


Duration: 4.0 days

This 4-day course offers hands-on experience with the major features of Spring and Spring Boot, which includes configuration, data access, REST, AOP, auto-configuration, actuator, security, and Spring testing framework to build enterprise and microservices applications. On completion, participants will have a foundation for creating enterprise and cloud-ready applications.

This course prepares students for the Spring Professional certification exam.


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Spring configuration using Java Configuration and Annotations
  • Aspect oriented programming with Spring 
  • Testing Spring applications using JUnit 5 
  • Spring Data Access - JDBC, JPA and Spring Data 
  • Spring Transaction Management 
  • Simplifying application development with Spring Boot 
  • Spring Boot auto-configuration, starters and properties 
  • Build a simple REST application using Spring Boot, embedded Web Server and fat JARs or classic WARs 
  • Implementing REST client applications using RestTemplate and WebClient 
  • Spring Security 
  • Enable and extend metrics and monitoring capabilities using Spring Boot actuator 
  • Utilize Spring Boot enhancements to testing


1 Introduction to Spring

  • Java configuration and the Spring application context
  •  @Configuration and @Bean annotations 
  • @Import: working with multiple configuration files 
  • Defining bean scopes 
  • Launching a Spring Application and obtaining Beans

2 Spring JAVA Configuration: A Deeper Look

  • External properties & Property sources 
  • Environment abstraction 
  • Using bean profiles 
  • Spring Expression Language (SpEL)

3 Annotation-based Dependency Injection

  • Component scanning 
  • Autowiring using @Autowired 
  • Java configuration versus annotations, mixing. 
  • Lifecycle annotations: @PostConstruct and @PreDestroy
  • Stereotypes and meta-annotations

4 Factory Pattern in Spring

  • Using Spring FactoryBeans

5 Advanced Spring: How Does Spring Work Internally?

  • The Spring Bean Lifecycle 
  • The BeanFactoryPostProcessor interception point 
  • The BeanPostProcessor interception point 
  • Spring Bean Proxies 
  • @Bean method return types

6 Aspect-oriented programming

  • What problems does AOP solve? 
  • Defining pointcut expressions 
  • Implementing various types of advice

7 Testing a Spring-based Application

  • Spring and Test-Driven Development 
  • Spring 5 integration testing with JUnit 5 
  • Application context caching and the @DirtiesContext annotation
  • Profile selection with @ActiveProfiles 
  • Easy test data setup with @Sql

8 Data Accss and JDBC with Spring

  • How Spring integrates with existing data access technologies 
  • DataAccessException hierarchy 
  • Spring‘s JdbcTemplate

9 Database Transactions with Spring

  • Transactions overview 
  • Transaction management with Spring 
  • Transaction propagation and rollback rules 
  • Transactions and integration testing

10 Spring Boot Introduction

  • Introduction to Spring Boot Features 
  • Value Proposition of Spring Boot 
  • Creating a simple Boot application using Spring Initializer website

11 Spring Boot Dependencies, Auto-configuration, and Runtime

  • Dependency management using Spring Boot starters 
  • How auto-configuration works 
  • Configuration properties 
  • Overriding auto-configuration 
  • Using CommandLineRunner

12 JPA with Spring and Spring Data

  • Quick introduction to ORM with JPA 
  • Benefits of using Spring with JPA 
  • JPA configuration in Spring 
  • Configuring Spring JPA using Spring Boot 
  • Spring Data JPA dynamic repositories

13 Spring MVC Architecture and Overview

  • Introduction to Spring MVC and request processing 
  • Controller method signatures 
  • Using @Controller, @RestController and @GetMapping annotations 
  • Configuring Spring MVC with Spring Boot 
  • Spring Boot packaging options, JAR or WAR

14 Rest with Spring MVC

  • An introduction to the REST architectural style 
  • Controlling HTTP response codes with @ResponseStatus
  • Implementing REST with Spring MVC, @RequestMapping, @RequestBody and @ResponseBody 
  • Spring MVC’s HttpMessageConverters and automatic content negotiation

15 Spring Security

  • What problems does Spring Security solve? 
  • Configuring authentication 
  • Implementing authorization by intercepting URLs 
  • Authorization at the Java method level 
  • Understanding the Spring Security filter chain 
  • Spring security testing

16 Actuators, Metrics and Health Indicators

  • Exposing Spring Boot Actuator endpoints 
  • Custom Metrics 
  • Health Indicators 
  • Creating custom Health Indicators 
  • External monitoring systems

17 Spring Boot Testing Enhancements

  • Spring Boot testing overview 
  • Integration testing using @SpringBootTest 
  • Web slice testing with MockMvc framework 
  • Slices to test different layers of the application

18 Spring Security Oauth (Optional Topic)

  • OAuth 2 Overview
  • Implementing OAuth 2 using Spring Security OAuth

19 Reactive Applications with Spring (Optional Topic)

  • Overview of Reactive Programming concepts 
  • Reactive Programming support in Spring 
  • Using Spring’s reactive WebClient


Application developers who want to increase their understanding of Spring and Spring Boot with hands-on experience and a focus on fundamentals.


Some developer experience using Java, an IDE (Eclipse, STS or IntelliJ) and build tools such as Maven or Gradle

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