Appendix. Bootstrapping Spring applications

There are a lot of ways to kick-start your Spring projects, and which you choose is largely a matter of personal taste. Many of the choices will be decided by which is your favorite IDE.

All but one of these options are based on the Spring Initializr, which is a REST API that generates Spring Boot projects for you. The various IDE choices are nothing more than clients for that REST API. Additionally, there are a few ways to use the Spring Initializr API outside of your IDE.

This appendix takes a quick look at all of these options.

A.1. Initializing a project with Spring Tool Suite

To initialize a new Spring project with Spring Tool Suite, choose the Spring Starter Project menu option from the File > ...

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