REST API with Springboot, return more values

REST API with Springboot, return more values


Hi everyone,
how to return more values in GET response?

My tables in database look like this:

user(id, login, password)
question(id, user_id, value, created_date, status, first_answer, second_answer)
answer(id, question_id, user_id, value)

For every question there can be only two possible answers.
I use POST to answer questions (resource /answers).

Now when I do GET /questions/1, it returns this answer

    "id" : 1,
    "value" : "Example",
    "createdDate" : 1495825431000,
    "firstAnswer" : "A",
    "secondAnswer" : "B",
    "status" : "accepted"

(without user, because I use @JsonIgnore on this)

Now I’d like to make GET request and get in response more values (for example the login of the user who created the question and two counters that show how many times the first answer and the second answer were selected.

    "id" : 1,
    "value" : "Example",
    "createdDate" : 1495825431000,
    "firstAnswer" : "A",
    "secondAnswer" : "B",
    "status" : "accepted",
    "createdBy" : "John",
    "firstCount" : 120,
    "secondCount" : 80

How to do it?
I’d love to do it with one query in Springboot.
For example like this:

SELECT, q.value, q.first_answer, q.second_answer, q.created_date, q.status,
(SELECT COUNT(answer) FROM answer WHERE answer = 1 AND question_id = AS 'first_count', 
(SELECT COUNT(answer) FROM answer WHERE answer = 2 AND question_id = AS 'second_count',
(SELECT u.login FROM user u WHERE = q.user_id) AS 'createdBy'
FROM question q


Make your JSON object more complex, for example

    user : {
         name : username
    answer : {
        questionId : 1,
        value : answer

I hope you see the point… JSON object can contain other objects and arrays too. So, JSON is very flexible and extensible. On server side depends on technology used have to be serialized properly and that is it.


mirkoacimovic, thanks :wink: but my question was how to return more values in one response.
I use latest version of Springboot and MySQL database.


My class with model looks like this:

@Table(name = "question")
public class Question {

    @GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.IDENTITY)
    private Integer id;

    @JoinColumn(nullable = false)
    private User user;

    @Column(nullable = false)
    private String value;

    @Column(nullable = false)
    private Timestamp createdDate;

    @Column(nullable = false)
    private String firstAnswer;

    @Column(nullable = false)
    private String secondAnswer;

    @Column(nullable = false)
    private String status;

    public Question() {

    //getters, setters, etc. 


And my repository class looks like this:

public interface QuestionsRepository extends CrudRepository<Question, Integer> {

I don’t want to create new rows in database.


Sorry for my misunderstanding then :). I have never used Springboot so I don’t have a clue actually. Sorry… :slight_smile: