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Developer Newsletter: A RESTful Microservice Quickstart with Spring Data Cassandra and DataStax Astra

With the many capabilities of the Spring Framework, Java continues to be one of the most popular languages for developing microservices. In this issue, we introduce the Spring Data Starter project that uses Spring Data Cassandra to serve a REST API backed by DataStax Astra. This example shows how easy it is to quickly develop and test microservice applications using Cassandra as a backing datastore.

The README for this repo walks you through the simple steps of creating a free-forever Astra database, deploying the service in a single click using Gitpod, and connecting the running service to your Astra database. Once you’ve got the service initialized, you can interact with the REST API using Swagger, or fork the repo and make your own customizations. Happy coding!

To learn more about what you can do with Spring and Cassandra, tune into the Staying Ahead of the Curve with Spring and Cassandra 4 talk at SpringOne on September 2, 2020, with Alexandre Dutra of DataStax and Mark Paluch of VMware. 

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  • Does Java have a future in the cloud-native world? - sign up for our InfoQ webinar on August 27 to learn where Java fits in the "new way" of building cloud applications.
  • 8 Week Cassandra Workshop series - We have finished our 8 week series! Thank you to the thousands of people who came week after week.You can catch up on all the content on our DataStax Devs YouTube channel.
  • Don’t forget: We have a BONUS episode happening on our DataStax Devs YouTube channel this coming Wednesday 26th August (12pm ET/6pm CEST) where we announce the results of the Astrackathon! We will also be running a load of quizzes so don’t miss the chance to get your hands on some of our swag. 
  • Expect our next round of workshops to be announced in the coming week. Follow our Eventbrite page so that you are the first to be notified.

Learning Updates 

  • Thanks to those of you who have been trying out the refreshed DataStax Academy experience and the hands-on scenarios at the new Developer site and providing feedback to
  • One of the most common requests has been for different video resolution options and playback speed controls. We’re excited to share that for the first time we’ve made all of the Academy videos freely available on YouTube to provide another option for consuming the content and maximizing your flexibility.

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