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Md. Asif Rahman
Md. Asif Rahman

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When to use Repository and Service layer and when NOT

Are you building RESTful APIs and wondering when to leverage the repository and service layer? Let's dive into this topic!

πŸ” Repository Layer: The repository layer acts as an intermediary between your API and the data storage mechanism. It handles data access operations like retrieval, creation, updating, and deletion. It ensures code modularity and provides a consistent interface.

πŸ’‘ Service Layer: The service layer implements the core business logic of your API. It coordinates different components and enforces business rules, workflows, and data integrity. It also handles authentication and authorization. #BusinessLogic

🚫 When to Avoid Repository and Service Layers:

βœ… Lightweight Operations: Simple CRUD operations can be handled directly in your API endpoints or controllers to keep things simple.

βœ… External Integrations: Directly make API calls without introducing layers unless there are complex rules or transformations involved.

βœ… Middleware: Implement middleware functions without the layers if they don't require complex data access or business logic.

πŸ”Ž When to Use Repository and Service Layers:

βœ… Complex Business Logic: Use the service layer for intricate business rules, validations, and workflows beyond basic CRUD. #ComplexLogic

βœ… Modularity and Reusability: Layers promote code modularity and reuse. Encapsulate common data access or operations within repositories for consistency.

βœ… Unit Testing: Separate concerns aid unit testing. Mock the repository layer for focused, granular tests of service layer logic. #UnitTesting

Strike a balance between code organization, maintainability, and performance in your REST API projects. Happy coding! πŸ˜„πŸš€

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