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The Spring Framework is a mature, powerful and highly flexible framework focused on building web applications in Java.

One of the core benefits of Spring is that it takes care of most of the low-level aspects of building the application to allow us to actually focus on features and business logic.

Another strong point is that, while the framework is quite mature and well-established, it's very actively maintained and has a thriving dev community. This makes it quite up to date and aligned with the Java ecosystem right now.

Of course, there's a lot to learn to work well with Spring.

Let's get started.

Basics of Spring

We'll start with some core aspects of the framework first:

Spring on the Web

The Spring MVC framework is the foundation of building web applications with Spring.

It powers a wide range of web applications, from traditional MVC-style applications, all the way to stateless REST APIs.

Let's start with some of the basics - the common ground between all of these styles of web applications:

And then, the basics of building a traditional, MVC-style web application:

And, if you'd like to explore the Spring MVC framework more in-depth, here's a more comprehensive guide to do that.

Finally, let's explore the RESTful support in Spring MVC:

And, if you'd like to further explore building a REST API with Spring, you can go through the more full-fledged series of articles here.

Spring Persistence - SQL

Spring supports most persistence solutions out there:

Spring Security

Next, a really strong aspect of the Spring ecosystem - security:

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