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Spring MVC Cookbook

By : Alexandre Bretet, Alex Bretet
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Spring MVC Cookbook

By: Alexandre Bretet, Alex Bretet

Overview of this book

Spring MVC is a lightweight application framework that comes with a great configuration by default. Being part of the Spring Framework, it naturally extended and supported it with an amazing set of recognizable annotations. External libraries can be plugged in and plugged out. It also possesses a request flow. Complete support of REST web services makes the Spring architecture an extremely consistent choice to support your front-end needs and Internet transformations. From the design of your Maven modules, you will achieve an Enterprise-standard for a stateless REST application based on Spring and Spring MVC with this book. This guide is unique in its style as it features a massive overview of practical development techniques brought together from the Spring ecosystem, the new JEE standards, the JavaScript revolution and Internet of Things. You will begin with the very first steps of Spring MVC's product design. Focused on deployment, viability, and maintainability, you will learn the use of Eclipse, Maven, and Git. You will walk through the separation of concerns driven by the microservices principles. Using Bootstrap and AngularJS, you will develop a responsive front-end, capable of interacting autonomously with a REST API. Later in the book, you will setup the Java Persistence API (JPA) within Spring; learn how to configure your Entities to reflect your domain needs, and discover Spring Data repositories. You will analyze how Spring MVC responds to complex HTTP requests. You will implement Hypermedia and HATEOAS to guide your customer's stateless conversation with the product and see how a messaging-service based on WebSocket can be configured. Finally you will learn how to set up and organize different levels of automated-tests, including logging and monitoring.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Spring MVC Cookbook
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Documenting and exposing an API with Swagger

This section details how to provide and expose metadata about the REST API using Swagger.

Getting ready

We are often required to document APIs for users and customers. When documenting an API, depending on the tools we use, we often get a few extras such as the ability to generate client code from the API metadata or even the generation of integrated test harnesses for the API.

There isn't yet a recognized and universal standard for the format of the API metadata. This lack of standards leads to a quite a few different solutions on the market for the REST documentation.

We have chosen Swagger here because it has the largest and the most active community. It has existed since 2011, and it offers a very nice UI/test harness and great configuration by default.

How to do it...

This section details what can be done and also what we have done in the code base of the checked-out v4.x.x branch.

  1. We have added a Maven dependency for the swagger-springmvc project...