Top 5 Spring Certification Books and Courses for Java Developers - Best of Lot, Must Read

As an author of Java blog and medium publication, I often receive questions about how to self-prepare for a technical certification like Spring Professional v5.0 certification from Pivotal, and which are the best books and courses to prepare for Spring Core certification? After answering a couple of my readers over Facebook chats and linked in, I decided to jot down my recommendations. Books, Online Courses, Study Guides, and Practice tests are some of the important resources to prepare for Spring certifications. In the last article, I have shared some of the best Spring certification guides for Spring Core and Spring web certifications and today I'll share some of the best books to learn Spring frameworks from the certification perspective.

If you are preparing for Spring certifications then these books and online courses will help you to learn Spring better. It's also true that more and more experienced and intermediate Java developers have started preparing for Spring certifications to make themselves more marketable.

In a highly challenging and competitive environment like today's, Spring is one of the essential skills for Java developers. The Spring certifications make you valuable in the eye of employers and help you to get both job and career growth.

Another reason for many Java programmers going for Spring certifications in recent months is the announcement from Pivotal on 10th May, which removes the mandatory Spring training from the certification path.

This means you can now give Spring certification without attending any of their expensive training courses. Since many developers pay for certification from their own pocket, this move has a significant impact worldwide as it has reduced the cost of Spring certification from a whopping 32000 USD to just 200 USD.




How to Prepare for Spring Professional Certification?

Even though I agree that the training provided by Pivotal and its partner, e.g. SpringPeople in India is top quality and probably the best way to prepare for Spring certification, they are certainly not affordable for many Java developers, unless their company is paying for them, 50000 INR is undoubtedly a couple of months salary for a fresher or intermediate Java programmer in India.


Programmers are also like to prepare through self-study; they want to make at their own pace and whatever material currently available, and that's why Pivotal's announcement of removing mandatory training from Spring certification path has regenerated more interest on this valuable certification.

So, when you decide to prepare for Spring certification by self-study, it's essential that you choose the best resource to get the best result. Just like Java 8 certifications, you need a study guide, a good book, and a tremendous mock exam simulator to crack the Spring certification.

Some of you may query; why do you need a book if you have got the study guides, e.g. Pivotal Certified Spring Professional exam? Well, I recommend both of them because Study guides will cover everything in the syllabus and also provides you material to prepare for topic-wise, but a book will give you all practical knowledge you need to justify your certification in the real world.

In this article, I'll share some of the Spring books and Courses, which are great for preparing Spring certification. Many Spring online training is also based upon these books; hence, they also compensate for your lack of experience and lack of any training.




Spring Certification Books, Study Guides and Courses

Here are some of the best books to prepare for various Spring certifications, like Spring Professional Certification Exam or Spring Professional v5.0 certification:

1. Pivotal Certified Spring Professional Certification Exam: A Study Guide 

This is a proper study guide for Spring core certification. It covers all topics and essential concepts. It also has topic wise questions for Spring certification to prepare well. One book, which you can combine with Spring in Action to prepare really well for the exam.

best study guide for Spring Professional Certification



2. Spring Framework 5: Beginner to Guru

There are not many courses out there that cover Spring 5 which is very important if you are preparing for Spring Professional v5.0 certification. This course not only covers the Spring framework in-depth but also explains all the new features of Spring 5.0 like the Reactive Programming model and support for Java 8 and JUnit 5.

best course to learn Spring 5




3. Spring in Action 5th Edition By Craig Walls

This book covers most of the topics required for the Core Spring and Spring Web Application Developer exam, so it is a must-read for anyone preparing for Spring certifications.


Top 5 Spring Certification Books and Courses for Java Developers - Best of Lot, Must Read



4. Spring Boot in Action by Craig Walls

This is a great book to learn Spring boot, which makes writing Spring MVC application super easy. This is an additional read for preparing the Spring Web Developer Certification exam.

3 Spring Certification Books - Best of Lot, Must Read



 4. Spring 5 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach

If you like to learn new concepts by following the how-to tutorial and recipe book, then this is the book for you. It not just covers new features of Spring 5 but also teaches you how to develop using Spring 5 and Java 9. This is another boo, I recommend if you are preparing for Spring Professional v5.0 certification.

second best book to learn Spring framework 5




5. What’s New in Spring 5 By Bryan Hansen

This is another course I recommend to Java developer preparing for Spring certification. It's a short and sweet course and completely focuses on new Spring 5 features like WebFlux, Reactive Programming, Kotlin, and Spring's Java 8 and JUnit support.

In this course, you will learn how to use WebFlux with the reactive approaches provided by Mono and Flux, which is not just important for Spring Professional certification but also for real-world Spring projects.

best course to learn Spring 5 features



That's all about some of the best books to prepare for Spring certifications. Depending upon which certification you are preparing, you can read this book in conjunction with a study guide to get the best of both world, i.e. you will not only learn the Spring framework, e.g. core, web, or enterprise integration but also get a certification, which will help you in your job and career.


Other Spring Certification Resources For Java Developers

Thanks for reading this article so far. If you like these books and found them useful for preparing for Spring certifications, then please share them with your friends and colleagues. If you have any other good books to add to this list, please drop a comment.

P.S. -  If you are an experienced Java developer and using Spring framework for 3 to 5 years and want to get certified for your skill I suggest you go through David Mayer's Spring Certification dumps, It's a free test, and if you can score over 80% then you are ready for the real exam.

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