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The new Spring Boot version “2.2.0” and the year “2020” are almost a perfect match. Thus, the Speedment team has now filled the gap by revamping the Spring Boot plugin.

If this is your first time hearing of Speedment, you’re in for a treat, as we will be demonstrating how the Speedment Spring Boot plugin allows developers to effortlessly build Spring database applications with Speedment, an ORM with a powerful Stream-based query API, as its backbone.

About Speedment

Speedment can be described as an ORM that the Java community deserves – a toolkit for those who like fast development and even faster applications. By leveraging the Java Stream API as its primary means of communication with your database of choice, Speedment makes developers with previous Java experience feel right at home. Alongside the easy-to-use API, Speedment provides developers with a graphical tool that generates the domain model for them in a matter of seconds.

If you’re interested in Speedment as a whole, go to the following link for┬ádetailed documentation with examples. The rest of this article will focus on the Spring Boot plugin.

Spring Boot: The Quickest Start

Speedment Spring Boot plugin has been around for a while, but starting with Speedment 3.2.2 a major feature was introduced – the ability to generate an entire CRUD REST API directly from your database model.

Depending on whether you’re starting from scratch or have an existing project, the steps will differ, but rest assured that the integration process is effortless regardless of the state of your project.

If you wish to integrate Spring Boot into an existing Speedment project, you are required to add the following 2 clauses to your pom.xml:


Once added, the next time you regenerate your domain model, a Speedment-specific Spring configuration should get generated. The generated configuration handles database connection properties and bean registrations for various managers generated by Speedment.

If you’re starting from scratch, head over to the project initializer where a Spring-Boot-ready project will be generated for you. How you will configure the project is up to you, but to include the Spring Boot plugin in the generated project, make sure that the checkbox next to Spring in the Plugins section is checked. Once you’re satisfied with the project configuration, click on the Download button and you will receive a zipped-up project ready for use.

CRUD Made Easy

Once you install the plugin, some Spring Boot specific options will be available in the Speedment tool which can be used to configure your REST API. You can launch the Speedment tool by issuing the following command:

If this is your first time using Speedment, you may want to familiarize yourself with the workflow by following the “Hello Speedment” quick start guide.

By default, the Speedment tool won’t generate a REST API. To generate a CRUD REST API for a specific table, select the table in the tree view and check the “Generate @RestController” option along with the “REST Enable Create/Update/Delete” option. By clicking “Generate”, a set of REST mappings that implement CRUD operations for a specific table will get generated.

That’s it! No manual coding is needed. Just start the generated Spring by issuing the command:


Creating Entities Using REST

To create a new entity using your generated REST API, you must execute a POST request to the route specified in the tool. By default, the name of this route is the same as the name of your table, prefixed by the name of your schema. If you uncheck the “REST Endpoint” option, you may specify a custom route name. The request body should contain key-value pairs in a JSON object where “REST Field Name” values from the tool are keys.

If we were to have a table called ‘person’ with the columns ‘id’, ‘name’, and ‘age’, we would send the following request to create a new ‘person’ entity:


If a column is auto-generated (or is using a sequence), you may exclude it from the POST body. If you wish to enforce the exclusion of a certain column from the POST body, click on the specific column in the tool tree view and uncheck “Include in Create Body” and regenerate your domain model. On the other hand, if you want to enforce that a certain column is present in the POST body when a request is executed, check “Required in Create Body” and regenerate your domain model.

Retrieving Entities Using REST

To retrieve our newly created entity, we must execute a GET request on the same path used for entity creation:

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