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Kotlin Blueprints

By : Ashish Belagali, Akshay Chordiya, Hardik Trivedi
Book Image

Kotlin Blueprints

By: Ashish Belagali, Akshay Chordiya, Hardik Trivedi

Overview of this book

Kotlin is a powerful language that has applications in a wide variety of fields. It is a concise, safe, interoperable, and tool-friendly language. The Android team has also announced first-class support for Kotlin, which is an added boost to the language. Kotlin’s growth is fueled through carefully designed business and technology benefits. The collection of projects demonstrates the versatility of the language and enables you to build standalone applications on your own. You’ll build comprehensive applications using the various features of Kotlin. Scale, performance, and high availability lie at the heart of the projects, and the lessons learned throughout this book. You’ll learn how to build a social media aggregator app that will help you efficiently track various feeds, develop a geospatial webservice with Kotlin and Spring Boot, build responsive web applications with Kotlin, build a REST API for a news feed reader, and build a server-side chat application with Kotlin. It also covers the various libraries and frameworks used in the projects. Through the course of building applications, you’ll not only get to grips with the various features of Kotlin, but you’ll also discover how to design and prototype professional-grade applications.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Chapter 6. News Feed – REST API

In the previous chapter, we saw how to develop web applications with the Spring Boot framework and expose the endpoints using REST (representational state transfer) APIs, although traditional web technologies can be utilized for providing REST web services, REST has become the de facto standard for communicating, and specialized REST frameworks are relevant in the world where servers would expose only REST APIs, but no user interface. In this chapter, we will cover web frameworks to build RESTful web services made with Kotlin in mind. These web frameworks will help you bootstrap your web applications in Kotlin. We will give an overview of all the web frameworks in Kotlin and build our news feed application using the Ktor web framework by JetBrains.

In this chapter, we will build our news feed application as RESTful web services with the Ktor framework made by JetBrains. You'll learn the following things:

  • What is REST and a RESTful web service?
  • Building web apps...