I worked heavily with Colin to ensure the SWF chapters reflect Spring Web Flow 1.0 as accurately as possible. Writing was ongoing up until the end of January, by which all major SWF subsystems had been fully developed (the last of which, the FlowExecutionRepository infrastructure); Colin was kept extremely aware of all development work; incorporating every bit of work up until 1/30. Likewise, I reviewed each line of text for accuracy, and contributed technical content as well.
It is is fair to say the user affecting changes since 1/30 have been cosmetic naming improvements (for example, FlowExecutionManager was renamed to FlowExecutor). Those that do affect the book will be clearly noted in the errata.
There are some new features that are not covered (for example, conversational redirects); however all core features are discussed. In the two chapters the reader will first receive an intro to SWF via a flow development walkthrough, then read more advanced text discussing the most challenging problems Spring Web Flow solves (and how it solves them, for example conversation continuation management to allow browser navigational button use but prevent duplicate submits where needed).
Congrats to Colin, Seth, Steven, and Darren! I just received my copy of the book and it feels in-depth and professional; I know a lot of folks (including me) have been waiting to see a focused book on Spring's web stack for a long time.
Last edited by Keith Donald; Feb 23rd, 2006 at 12:45 PM.
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