learning-spring-boot-ch-4As I hack away at the last couple sections of chapter 4 of Learning Spring Boot, I have enjoyed being able to sprinkle in a little Spring Data REST. That project is really neat. I think it’s the way of the future for many apps out there. By providing an incredibly easy point of access to data, built on lots of standardized conventions, it’s impressive how it provides a good RESTful API while also mixing nicely with the data access layer.

Spring Data is a great way to skip over writing boilerplate CRUD functionality. Spring Data REST provide a powerful, hypermedia-driven RESTful way to interact with it. It sets you up to easily create modern front ends to interact with it.

I knew when I staked out this chapter in my proposal that I would include a section about Spring Data REST. I can’t pass up the chance to get the word out. With only a week until the first draft of chapter four is sent in to Packt, I need to knock out the last bits of this chapter and then gear up for chapter 5, Securing your Spring Boot App.