Updated April 2021

Constantly, new software and tools are released, all with the aim of helping developers work faster and better. To help you stay up to date on technology, we bring you tech developments that we think are useful and have wide ranging application. In today’s post, we will discuss JHipster and what it has to offer.

It’s a Hipster world

What is JHipster? JHipster is an open-source project generator. It is primarily used for web application development, and combines three frameworks—Bootstrap, Angular and Spring Boot. It was developed by Julien Dubois and initially released in October 2013. Since then JHipster has had over a hundred releases.

The name JHipster has an interesting origin, and speaks to the times we live in. It is a combination of Java and Hipster. A hipster as most of us know is a popular sub-culture, and descriptive of a person who follows the latest trends. The project was thus named, as it has been built making use of the latest and most popular tools available.

Break it down!

The JHipster application generator, which is basically a Yeomen generator, has a cross-platform operating system and is written in Java. There is a server side and a client side. In the former, there is a Java stack using Spring Boot, and the latter consists of a responsive web-front end facilitated by Angular and Bootstrap. There are also various other components that make up the tech stacks, and auto-configure tools that are found in the web application frameworks, such as Maven or Gradle.

You can use JHipster to create trendy web applications using the following steps in a nutshell– first generate a project, then generate entities, add business logic, make UI enhancements, allow for HTML, improve the layout and finally deploy to cloud.

Best practices

To help you create the best product, the development team behind JHipster uses the following guidelines or best practices when it comes to coding policies:

●   The development team votes on policies.
●   Uses the default configuration of technologies as much as possible.
●   Uses add options if it adds value to the generated code, and follows the Intellij IDEA coding style for Java.
●   Finally, JHipster uses only strict versions of third-party libraries.

The above policies are not for the generated code but are enforced on the project itself. You can read more about it here.

In conclusion, JHipster combines a lot of cool technologies to create a complete working application (Angular/React). It also provides for monitoring screens using metrics, it can be used to create Spring microservices and gateways and has great support for Docker. All of these and other features make it pretty popular. No wonder, there have been over a million installations, and it has received over 9000 GitHub stars.

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