REST with Spring

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This project is part of the liveProject series REST Services with Spring and JPA
install Docker, Maven and Gradle • basic XML • basic YAML
skills learned
define a Spring Boot application with Spring Initializr, Configure build with Maven and Gradle, run the defined application in a Container with Docker, and Docker Compose
Potito Coluccelli
1 week · 4-6 hours per week · BEGINNER

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BestInsurance, an insurance company, wants to attract new customers. As a backend developer, your task is to extend the features of the company’s portal to let customers subscribe to new policies. You’ll use Spring Initializr to create the project structure for a basic Spring Boot application, and you’ll configure the necessary dependencies. You’ll build Docker images for running the application, using both Maven and Gradle plugins, and you’ll create Docker compose services for running the application using your Docker images. When you’re done, you’ll have built a basic Spring Boot application that’s ready to connect to a database.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Potito Coluccelli

Potito Coluccelli is a senior software engineer and team leader at Econocom in Italy, where he works on service-oriented architecture design and implementation as well as supporting customers as they transition from monolithic to microservice architectures. Previously he worked as a middleware consultant at Red Hat and supported companies in Italy and the EU with JEE application design, development, maintenance, and testing. With his team, he created a trade surveillance tool for Commodity Markets that’s been adopted by major energy providers in Italy.


This liveProject is for Java beginners who are interested in creating a basic Spring Boot application. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Basic Java
  • Basic XML
  • Basic Maven
  • Basic Gradle
  • Basic Docker and Docker Compose
  • Your favorite IDE
  • Spring Boot 3.1.x stable version
  • Basic use of the command line (or equivalent best tools for the operating system you’re using)
  • Basic knowledge of the REST paradigm and HTTP

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to create a basic Spring Boot application that’s ready to connect to a database.

  • Create a new Spring Boot project using Spring Initializr
  • Configure your project with Maven and Gradle
  • Learn what dependencies are necessary to make a REST API that accesses a relational database with the Spring framework
  • Configure Docker plugins and Docker Compose to deploy your application locally


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