I am following the spring-data-rest guide Accessing JPA Data with REST. When I http post a new record it is inserted (and the response is a 201). That is great, but is there a way to configure the REST MVC code to return the newly created object? I'd rather not have to send a search request to find the new instance.
You don't have to search for the created entity. As the HTTP spec suggests,
POST requests returning a status code of
201 Created are supposed to contain a
Location header which contains the URI of the resource just created.
Thus all you need to do is effectively issuing a
GET request to that particular URI. Spring Data REST also has two methods on
….setReturnBodyOnUpdate(…) which you can use to configure the framework to immediately return the representation of the resource just created.