Building a REST API for your application is not a trivial task – starting from the definition of what is RESTful and what is not, down to the the nitty-gritty of making sure Http Caching actually works or that clients get the right kind of errors.
Spring has made REST a first class citizen back with the 3.0 release and the platform has been maturing in leaps and bounds since then. With the recent Spring 4.0 release, it is now battle hardened and fully mature – flexible enough to build any RESTful API.
This guide aims to sift through the heaps of information available on the subject and make sure that you know what it takes to build a Secure REST API with Spring and Spring Security.
It deals with the basics – bootstrapping the REST API, the Spring MVC Configuration, testing the live API. The more advanced areas of REST are in focus next – HATEOAS and pagination, Error Handling and Security (Basic and Digest Authentication).
1. The Core REST Service
2. Security for the REST Service