The Spring Framework is constantly evolving. Spring MVC has gotten easier and easier to work with and with the SpringSource Tool Suite it gets even easier to get a Spring MVC project up and running. Today I’ll show you how to setup a simple Spring MVC project and add some simple functionality to it.

There are a few things you’ll need to complete this tutorial:

Java JDK installed
SpringSource Tool Suite – I downloaded the installer version, not the plug-in to Eclipse

With those two items installed and ready go ahead and run the SpringSource Tool Suite and create a new project: File -> New -> Spring Template Project

Note: It might prompt you to download the template, go ahead and let it do that.

Once the project has been created we can test out the default Hello World code that is already in-place. Lets add the project to the
SpringSource tc Server and then start it.

Once the SpringSource tc Server is up and running open a browser and head to this url:

If everything went well you should see this:

You can leave the SpringSource tc Server running.

Open the file now and add the following imports:

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestParam;
import org.springframework.ui.Model;

Lets add a new mapping and method for the echo functionality we are going to add.

@RequestMapping(value="/echo", method=RequestMethod.GET)
public String echo(@RequestParam("input1") String input1, Model model) {"Calling echo");
    String output = "Echo: " + input1;
    model.addAttribute("output", output);
    return "echo";

We set the mapping to handle any GET requests to echo. The echo method takes one parameter called input1 which we simply use to complete the echo functionality. The echo is passed back to the view (which we will create next).

Your should look like this:

package com.giantflyingsaucer.springmvc;   

import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestParam;
import org.springframework.ui.Model;   

 * Handles requests for the application home page.
public class HomeController {   

    private static final Logger logger = LoggerFactory.getLogger(HomeController.class);

     * Simply selects the home view to render by returning its name.
    @RequestMapping(value="/", method=RequestMethod.GET)
    public String home() {"Welcome home!");
        return "home";

    @RequestMapping(value="/echo", method=RequestMethod.GET)
    public String echo(@RequestParam("input1") String input1, Model model) {"Calling echo");
        String output = "Echo: " + input1;
        model.addAttribute("output", output);
        return "echo";

Lets add a new JSP page for our echo view. Right-click on the webapp/WEB-INF/views folder and select:
New -> Other -> Web -> JSP File

Here are the contents for the new echo.jsp file:

<%@ taglib uri="" prefix="c" %>
<%@ page session="false" %>
    <strong><c:out value="${output}"></c:out></strong>

Save all the files and the SpringSource tc Server will reload the project automatically. When this has happened use this URL to trigger the echo: http://localhost:8080/EchoSpringMVC/echo?input1=HelloWorld

Your result should be:

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