How to create simple rest apis with springboot

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As a part of this article you will be building 2 simple REST apis Using Springboot. This article will give an idea on how to quickly get started with springboot.

So let’s get started 😄

Pre-requisite

Ensure you have Maven Installed in your system before starting with this article.

You can Install Maven from https://maven.apache.org/

Also ensure Maven is set in the PATH so that mvn comands work.

you can verify if maven is installed and can be accessed using the command

mvn -v

Also ensure JAVA_HOME is set.

Project Setup

The first step is to setup your project.

Setting up a Springboot project is pretty easy.

Go to https://start.spring.io/.

In the Site enter the Artifact name as simple-rest-apis and under dependencies add Web. You can enter any Other Artifact name as well.

Also in the top Ensure you are creating a Maven Project with Java using Springboot version 2.0.6 This is to ensure that the results in this article are reproducible. Once you are done with this article, You can experiment by choosing the other options 😄

Once you enter the information, the screen should look like this

Springboot Starter

Click on Generate Project, this will download a zip file onto your computer. Extract this zip file. The extracted folder is your springboot project.

You can import the project into your preferred IDE. I used eclipse to try this out.

Project Structure Explained

pom.xml

This file has all the maven dependencies. The main dependency to note is the following

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-web</artifactId>
</dependency>

spring-boot-starter-web dependency ensures that the project can be used for web applications

Also one other important thing to notice in pom.xml is the following

<parent>
		<groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
		<artifactId>spring-boot-starter-parent</artifactId>
		<version>2.0.6.RELEASE</version>
		<relativePath/> <!-- lookup parent from repository -->
</parent>

spring-boot-starter-parent is made as the parent of this project. This ensures that any internal dependencies needed by springboot are automatically taken care off, and the developer need not worry about it.

SimpleRestApisApplication.Java

This file is named after the project name followed by an Application.

This file is present inside src/main/java folder and inside com.example.simplerestapis package.

This file has the following piece of code

package com.example.simplerestapis;

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;

@SpringBootApplication
public class SimpleRestApisApplication {

	public static void main(String[] args) {
		SpringApplication.run(SimpleRestApisApplication.class, args);
	}
}

The main highlight here is the annotation @SpringBootApplication . This internally is a combination of the following 3 annotations

  1. @Configuration: Needed for Manual Spring configurations. Adding this annotation ensures that configuration can be done in a java class itself instead of using a separate xml file.
  2. @EnableAutoConfiguration: Spring needs a lot of configuration to be done. This annotation ensures that a lot of the configuration is done automatically.
  3. @ComponentScan: This tells Spring, where all to scan for components.

The Line SpringApplication.run(SimpleRestApisApplication.class, args); bootstraps the application.

Application.properties

This file is present inside src/main/resources. The file can be used to list out the various properties to use while running the application. For example it can be used to mention on which port the application should run.

Code

The code for the API’s which are built here can be found here

Create your first API

Our First API will be a simple API demonstrating GET request.

Create a package called com.example.simplerestapis.models. Inside this package create a file called as SampleResponse.java

Copy the following code into SampleResponse.java

package com.example.simplerestapis.models;
public class SampleResponse {
	private String message;
	private long id;

	public String getMessage() {
		return message;
	}

	public void setMessage(String message) {
		this.message = message;
	}

	public long getId() {
		return id;
	}

	public void setId(long id) {
		this.id = id;
	}

}

SampleResponse.java is just a model class. It indicates the fields which are present in the response of your api.

Create a package called com.example.simplerestapis.controller. Inside this package create a file called as WebController.java

Copy the following code into WebController.java

package com.example.simplerestapis.controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestParam;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;

import com.example.simplerestapis.models.SampleResponse;

@RestController
public class WebController {

	@RequestMapping("/sample")
	public SampleResponse Sample(@RequestParam(value = "name",
	defaultValue = "Robot") String name) {
		SampleResponse response = new SampleResponse();
		response.setId(1);
		response.setMessage("Your name is "+name);
		return response;

	}
}

In the Above Code the Annotation @RestController indicates that this class will have Rest End points. This Annotation basically tells that this class is a controller and the value returned from a function in this class will either be converted to JSON or XML. Default in JSON.

@RequestMapping maps the /sample endpoint to Sample Function

@RequestParam indicates that the endpoint /sample will have one Query parameter called name. The default value of name is “Robot”

The code inside the function is pretty straight forward. The response is being set based on name value.

Go to command prompt. Go into your project folder and run the following command to start the application

mvn spring-boot:run

By Default the application runs on port 8080 in localhost.

In order to test api end points you can use Postman. Download postman from the link given.

Go to postman and type the following url localhost:8080/sample?name=aditya and hit send.

Postman Get

This will give the following response back

{
    "message": "Your name is aditya",
    "id": 1
}

Now Try the following url localhost:8080/sample and hit send

This will give the following response back

{
    "message": "Your name is Robot",
    "id": 1
}

Congrats 😄

You have created your first API using springboot. You have learnt how to create a simple GET rest api with a query parameter

Create your second API

The Second API will demonstrate how to create an API which supports POST Request

Inside com.example.simplerestapis.models package, create a java class called PostRequest.java

Copy the following code into PostRequest.java

package com.example.simplerestapis.models;

public class PostRequest {
	int id;
	String name;
	public int getId() {
		return id;
	}
	public String getName() {
		return name;
	}
	public void setId(int id) {
		this.id = id;
	}
	public void setName(String name) {
		this.name = name;
	}

}

A POST Request generally has a POST body which is sent as an input. PostRequest.java indicates all the fields which are present in the input POST body

Inside com.example.simplerestapis.models package, create a java class called PostResponse.java

Copy the following code into PostResponse.java

package com.example.simplerestapis.models;

public class PostResponse {
	int id;
	String message;
	String extra;
	public String getExtra() {
		return extra;
	}
	public int getId() {
		return id;
	}
	public String getMessage() {
		return message;
	}
	public void setExtra(String extra) {
		this.extra = extra;
	}
	public void setId(int id) {
		this.id = id;
	}
	public void setMessage(String message) {
		this.message = message;
	}

}

PostResponse.java indicates the fields which are present in the output of the POST Request.

In WebController.java add the following imports

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestBody;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;

import com.example.simplerestapis.models.PostRequest;
import com.example.simplerestapis.models.PostResponse;

Also add the following function in WebController.java

@RequestMapping(value = "/test", method = RequestMethod.POST)
public PostResponse Test(@RequestBody PostRequest inputPayload) {
	PostResponse response = new PostResponse();
	response.setId(inputPayload.getId()*100);
	response.setMessage("Hello " + inputPayload.getName());
	response.setExtra("Some text");
	return response;
}

This code creates a new endpoint called as /test and maps it to Test function

Also the code method = RequestMethod.POST indicates that /test api end point can accept POST Requests

@RequestBody PostRequest inputPayload indicates that the post request will have an input post body of type PostRequest. The input post body is stored in inputPayload Object.

The code is pretty straightforward wherein the response is set, based on the input that is coming.

The id from input payload is multiplied by 100 and set to the output payload

The name parameter is appended with Hello and set to the output payload

extra paramter is hardcoded to a string value of Some text

The final code code in WebController.java looks as follows

package com.example.simplerestapis.controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestBody;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestParam;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;

import com.example.simplerestapis.models.PostRequest;
import com.example.simplerestapis.models.PostResponse;
import com.example.simplerestapis.models.SampleResponse;

@RestController
public class WebController {

	@RequestMapping("/sample")
	public SampleResponse Sample(@RequestParam(value = "name",
	defaultValue = "Robot") String name) {
		SampleResponse response = new SampleResponse();
		response.setId(1);
		response.setMessage("Your name is "+name);
		return response;

	}
	
	@RequestMapping(value = "/test", method = RequestMethod.POST)
	public PostResponse Test(@RequestBody PostRequest inputPayload) {
		PostResponse response = new PostResponse();
		response.setId(inputPayload.getId()*100);
		response.setMessage("Hello " + inputPayload.getName());
		response.setExtra("Some text");
		return response;
	}
}

Go to command prompt. Go into your project folder and run the following command to start the application

mvn spring-boot:run

Open Postman and set the values as shown in the image below

Postman Post

Basically the request type is set to POST

The enpoint URL is entered as localhost:8080/test

To enter the post body, Go to Body, Select raw and select JSON (application/json)

The input POST body given is the following

{
	"id": 1,
	"name": "aditya"
}

On clicking Send, The following output would be shown

{
    "id": 100,
    "message": "Hello aditya",
    "extra": "Some text"
}

You can experiment with this by sending different input post bodies.

Congrats 😄

You now know how to create simple GET and POST request based REST APIS using Springboot 😄

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