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Package org.springframework.web.servlet.mvc

Standard controller implementations for the servlet MVC framework that comes with Spring.

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Package org.springframework.web.servlet.mvc Description

Standard controller implementations for the servlet MVC framework that comes with Spring. Provides both abstract base classes and concrete implementations for often seen use cases.

A Controller - as defined in this package - is analogous to a Struts Action. Usually Controllers are JavaBeans to allow easy configuration using the org.springframework.beans package. Controllers define the C from so-called MVC paradigm and can be used in conjunction with the ModelAndView to achieve interactive applications. The view might be represented by a HTML interface, but, because of model and the controller being completely independent of the view, PDF views are possible, as well as for instance Excel views.

How to actually set up a (web)application using the MVC framework Spring provides is explained in more detail in the MVC-Step-by-Step tutorial, also provided in this package (or have a look here for an online version). The classes contained by this package explain in more detail the actual workflow of some of the abstract and concrete controller and how to extend and fully use their functionality.

Especially useful to read, while getting into the Spring MVC framework are the following:

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