Spring MVC Hello World Tutorial with Example

STEP 1:- Open Eclipse and Create Dynamic Web Project named SpringMVCExample

STEP 2:- Make sure you use Target Runtime as Apache Tomcat 7.0. 

STEP 3:- copy below jars to WEB-INF/lib folder.
  • commons-logging-1.2.jar
  • spring-aop-4.1.4.RELEASE.jar
  • spring-beans-4.1.4.RELEASE.jar
  • spring-context-4.1.4.RELEASE.jar
  • spring-core-4.1.4.RELEASE.jar
  • spring-expression-4.1.4.RELEASE.jar
  • spring-web-4.1.4.RELEASE.jar
  • spring-webmvc-4.1.4.RELEASE.jar
STEP 4:- Create Spring Configuration Bean file. /WebContent/WEB-INF/dispatcher-servlet.xml
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
 <context:component-scan base-package="com.tutorialsdesk.controller" />
 <bean id="viewResolver"
 <property name="viewClass"
 value="org.springframework.web.servlet.view.JstlView" />
 <property name="prefix" value="/WEB-INF/views/" />
 <property name="suffix" value=".jsp" />

In the above dispatcher-servlet.xml configuration file, we have defined a tag . This will allow Spring to load all the components from package com.tutorialsdesk.controller and all its child packages. This will load our SpringMVCHelloWorld.class . 

Also we have defined a bean viewResolver. This bean will resolve the view and add prefix string /WEB-INF/views/ and suffix .jsp to the view in ModelAndView. Note that in our SpringMVCHelloWorld.class, we have return a ModelAndView object with view name welcome. This will be resolved to path /WEB-INF/views/welcome.jsp . 

STEP 5 :- Map Spring MVC in /WebContent/WEB-INF/web.xml file as below :-
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_3_0.xsd" version="3.0">

One thing to note here is the name of servlet in tag in web.xml. Once the DispatcherServlet is initialized, it will looks for a file name [servlet-name]-servlet.xml in WEB-INF folder of web application. In this example, the framework will look for file called dispatcher-servlet.xml. 

STEP 6 :- Create Controller Class.
  • Package: com.tutorialsdesk.controller
  • Filename: SpringMVCHelloWorld.java
package com.tutorialsdesk.controller;

import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.ModelAndView;

public class SpringMVCHelloWorld {

 public ModelAndView helloWorld(){
 String message = "<br><div style='text-align:center;'>"
 + "<h3>********** Hello World, Spring MVC Example by
TutorialsDesk**********</h3>This message is coming from
 return new ModelAndView("welcome", "message", message);

Note that we have annotated the SpringMVCHelloWorld class with @Controller and @RequestMapping("/index"). When Spring scans our package, it will recognize this bean as being a Controller bean for processing requests. The @RequestMapping annotation tells Spring that this Controller should process all requests beginning with /index in the URL path. That includes /index/* and /index.html. 

As we have declared index.html in web.xml as welcome-file, it will routed to our SpringMVCHelloWorld controller. 

The helloWorld() method returns ModelAndView object. The ModelAndView object tries to resolve to a view named “welcome” and the data model is being passed back to the browser so we can access the data within the JSP. The logical view name will resolve to /WEB-INF/views/welcome.jsp . Logical name “welcome” which is return in ModelAndView object is mapped to path /WEB-INF/views/welcome.jsp. The ModelAndView object also contains a message with key “message” and Detailed value. This is the data that we are passing to our view. Normally this will be a value object in form of java bean that will contain the data to be displayed on our view. Here we are simply passing a string. 

STEP 7 :- Create /WebContent/WEB-INF/views/welcome.jsp file.
<title>Spring MVC Example by TutorialsDesk - Hello World Spring MVC

 <div style="font-family: verdana; padding: 10px; border-radius: 10px;
font-size: 12px; text-align:center;">
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 target="_blank">here</a> for all Java and <a
 for all Spring MVC, Web Development examples.<br>

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