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Creating a Spring Boot Project with Gradle

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Prerequisites:

  1. Java Development Kit (JDK) installed (version 8 or later)
  2. Gradle installed (version 4.0 or later)
  3. Integrated Development Environment (IDE) – Optional, but recommended (e.g., IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse)

Step 1: Create a new Spring Boot project

You can use the Spring Initializr to generate a basic Spring Boot project with Gradle. Visit https://start.spring.io/, select your project details, and choose ‘Gradle’ as the build tool. Download the generated project zip file and extract it to your preferred location.

Step 2: Import the project into your IDE

If you are using an IDE, import the project. In IntelliJ IDEA, you can do this by selecting File -> Open and choosing the project folder.

Step 3: Project Structure

The generated project structure should look something like this:

your-project-name
|-- src
|   |-- main
|       |-- java
|       |   `-- com
|       |       `-- example
|       |           `-- YourApplication.java
|       `-- resources
|           `-- application.properties
|-- build.gradle
`-- settings.gradle

Step 4: Build.gradle Configuration

Open the build.gradle file in your project and add dependencies. For a basic Spring Boot application, you can add the following:

This configuration includes the Spring Boot Starter Web dependency for building a web application.

Step 5: Create a Simple Controller

Open the YourApplication.java file in the com.example package and create a simple controller:

Step 6: Run the Application

Run your Spring Boot application using Gradle. Open a terminal and navigate to your project directory, then run:

./gradlew bootRun

Or on Windows:

gradlew bootRun

Visit http://localhost:8080/api/hello in your web browser to see the greeting message.

Congratulations! You’ve created a simple Spring Boot application using Gradle. You can now expand on this foundation by adding more controllers, services, and features to meet your application requirements.

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