Sunday, December 4, 2016

Top 5 Spring and Hibernate Training Courses for Java JEE Programmers

Spring and Hibernate are two of the hottest and most in-demand web frameworks in Java world and also two of the most essential skill for any Java programmer to get a Job in web development space. The Spring framework is in around from 2004 and established itself as the leading framework to develop Java applications both in core Java and web development area. The Spring framework comes with a lot of modules to support a different kind of developments e.g Spring Security to address the security requirements of most web and enterprise Java applications. It supports single sign-on, LDAP authentication, Role-based access control, and much more such essential features. Spring also supports the development of REST services which is no become standard way to provide web services.

Hibernate is another open source framework which is very popular among Java developers. It provides the ORM functionality e.g. allow you to manage database transaction without writing any JDBC code. It allow you to save, load and modify objects in your enterprise and web application, it makes your life easy.

I often receive queries from my readers about good Spring and Hibernate courses, mostly from intermediate developers with 3 to 4 years of experience who wants to learn and master Spring and Hibernate frameworks for their career growth and better Job opportunities.  Earlier, I have shared some books to learn Spring framework and a couple of others to learn Hibernate, but never shared any training or courses before.

In this article, I am going to share some of the best Spring and Hibernate courses for intermediate and experienced Java developers. You can take these course to improve your expertise on Spring and Hibernate frameworks.

5 Advanced Spring and Hibernate Courses and Trainings

In this post, I have included courses to learn Spring framework, Spring security, REST development with Spring, testing with Spring, and mastering Hibernate performance. These courses are not for beginners except the Spring one, but for Java developers who already know Spring and Hibernate.

Learn Spring Security By Eugen
If you are thinking why should you learn Spring security then let me tell you that security is paramount for any Java web or enterprise application. Also, Web security market is quite huge, you will be in high demand once you understand the basics of security and how Spring Security helps you to implement them. The challenge of learning security side is that the security landscape is keep changing every year. Now, with REST APIs becoming more and more popular and the introduction of OAuth2, single-page apps, two-factor authentication makes it even more challenging.

Spring Security has been getting better well with every release in last few years and the new Java configuration style as a solid alternative to XML. Right now in 2016, there's no debate. Spring Security is THE tool to properly and intelligently do security if you're working in Java. Eugen's course on Spring Security is surely one of the best ways to learn Spring Security in quick time. It's useful for both beginners and experienced Java programmers alike.

The master class will cost you around $299 but it's full worth of your money spent. Alternatively, you can also take Intermediate class which cast around $199, and if you are someone who prefers live sessions rather than recorded video session for active learning then you can join Eugen's Live Class which includes The full Master Class material, 3 advanced Workshops, and 12 Group Coaching Calls.

Top 5 Spring and Hibernate Training Courses for Java JEE Programmers

Rest With Spring By Eugen
In last few years, REST has become the mainstream and Spring has led the development of RESTful web services in Java. Eugen has excellent knowledge and experience of building RESTful APIs with Spring. courses start with the fundamentals of building a practical API with Spring and guide with through the most advanced disciplines of a mature, well architected REST project.

In the  course, you will not only learn how to create REST web services using Spring framework but more importantly how to design a good REST API, which is more challenging. A good REST API design is more art than science and this course will help you to master that art.

The intermediate class  will cost you around $129 and will go beyond the basics of building a REST API with Spring. It will teach you how to design a good API, how to consume them using JavaScript, how to make them secure using OAuth2 and how to test them properly.

Best Spring course for Java programmers

Hibernate Performance Tuning By Thorben Janssen
Thorben Janssen is a known Hibernate expert and best quality of him is that he is can explain anything hibernate related in the most simple and understandable way. Since I am on his mailing list and follow his blog, I know how useful his Hibernate tips. Hibernate and JPA are so easy to use that you can learn the basics within 1 or 2 hours but the real problem starts as soon as you build an enterprise application. The number of users increases and you face challenging performance requirements.

In his course, Thorben explains everything you need to know about Hibernate performance tuning and how to handle the load and solve challenges right from the design phase rather than doing rea-actively when they arrive and you don't have time to plan anything.

He actually runs his training from time to time and even though his Hibernate Performance Tuning Online Training is currently closed, you can register on his email list and whenever it will open you will receive notification.

Some of my readers has also suggested that Introduction To Hibernate on Pluralsight is also a great resource to learn Hibernate online. You can get it free as well by signing up for 10-day free trial.

This is the ideal package to get a deep understanding of Hibernate and Hibernate performance tuning if you prefer to learn at your own pace.

Best hibernate course for Java programmers

Test With Spring
Testing is one of those skills which separates a good programmer from the average programmer. When you develop with Spring, you must know how to test with Spring but I have seen many Java developers are not familiar with Spring's testing support.

Petri's "Test with Spring" course helps to bridge that gap. It not only teaches you to how to write good automated tests using Spring but also gives you a lot of tips about writing good, painless unit and integration tests.

Petri is specialized in automated testing and software development with the Spring Framework. He has also written a book about Spring Data, and he has a popular Java blog where he shares Spring and Java tips.

top 5 Spring courses and trainings

The Java Spring Tutorial: Learn Java's Popular Web Framework 
This is Udemy's one of the most popular Spring course, instructed by John Purcell. John is an experience and a good trainer, he covers the topic well and provides tips on what works and what doesn't work.  So far, more than 20K students have taken this course which speaks for its quality and popularity.

John explains all important things about Spring which a Java developer should know including the old XML way to configure Spring, which is still very important for enhancing and maintaining old Spring projects. He also teaches you new Java configuration, which you should be using in your new Spring Java projects.

The course cost around $45 and you will get lifetime access of course and a certification of completion, so it's a complete worth of your money.

Spring and hibernate course for java developers

That's all about some of the best Spring and Hibernate courses for experienced Java/JEE developers. These are some of the best Spring and Hibernate course for advanced Java developers and you should take advantage of them if you are interested in mastering Spring and Hibernate. It's ideal for Java developers who are currently working in Spring and Hibernate projects but it's also good for intermediate Java developers to become more marketable and improve their CV by adding these hottest frameworks of Java world.

P.S. - Some of my readers suggested that Spring Framework 5: Beginner to Guru
and Introduction to Spring MVC 4 By Bryan Hansen are also very good course to learn Spring and Spring MVC 4. They are available for free @ PluralSight, you can check out them as well.


Gaurav said...

Hi Any Course site or book (pdf) you can recommend which is available for free. Like you have mentioned for java books.

Javin Paul said...

Hello Gaurav, Kaushik from Java brains has some wonderful Spring, Hibernate, Struts, Servlet and JSP courses, you may want to check, they are absolutely free.

I am also planning to write a sequel of this post where I would share more free Spring and Hibernate training courses for everyone's benefit.

vilkeshpatel said...

Hey Javin,

You forgot to mention VLAD MIHALCEA for his excellent book on High-Performance Java Persistence using Hibernate.

Javin Paul said...

Hello @vilkesh, No, certainly not but this post was not about book but training courses. He is on my reading list for quite sometime now.

David Mayer said...

Hey Javin, thank for sharing this, I am just going to share it on my social network as well!

David at

Parul said...

Hi Javin, could you please share some tutorial on web service as well?

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