Spring REST API -Part 4.1: Spring Controllers (RestController — GET)

Part 4.1:Spring Controllers (RestController — GET)

Note — Codes in the story is in continuation to the previous parts, so if you feel uncomfortable or disconnected please check the previous parts or navigate through git commit to have a better understanding.

Now you want your own implementation, you want to control the HTTP requests and response for your api

In Spring’s approach to building RESTful web services, HTTP requests are handled by a controller.

What is Controller ?

Controller is, thread-safe class, capable of handling multiple HTTP requests throughout the lifecycle of an application.

RestController, is a specialized version of the controller which is a convenience annotation, that is itself annotated with @Controllerand @ResponseBody. By annotating the controller class with @RestController annotation, you no longer need to add @ResponseBody to all the request mapping methods. The @ResponseBody annotation is active by default

Creating TopicController

@RequestMapping ("/topics")
public class TopicController {

TopicRepository topicRepository;

@RequestMapping (method = RequestMethod.GET)
Collection<Topic> getAllTopics(){
return Lists.newArrayList(topicRepository.findAll());


RequestMethod.GET Handles HTTP GET requests

CrudRepository provides sophisticated CRUD functionality for the entity class that is being managed. It has implementation for some some of the very commonly user query:

findAll() Returns all entities.

T findOne(ID id) Return the entity with the given id.

Here you can see the commit of all this changes:


Hit Run

Using Client : Postman

You see the list of topic :) … Wait….. but it doesn’t looks like the previous API which Spring produced by default, it don’t have the
navigable links which was pointing to available resource ???

Hold On till we talk about (Spring HATEOAS) in upcoming stories :)

Implementing custom Query

Now you wanna have more control over your repository , you want to find topics by topic name

Adding custom query to your repository

//select a from Topic a where a.topicname = :topicname
Collection<Topic> findByTopicName(String topicName);

Adding controller for custom query

We can pass parameter in URI topicName/{topicName} which can be received by method by using @PathVariable

@PathVariable annotation, indicates that a method parameter should be bound to a URI template

@RequestMapping(method = RequestMethod.GET, value = "topicName/{topicName}")
public Collection<Topic> getTopicByTopicName(@PathVariable String topicName){
return topicRepository.findByTopicName(topicName);


Hit Run

Here you Go , HTTP Response based on your query parameter :)

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Part 4.2: Spring Controllers (RestController — POST,PUT,DELETE)

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