This article presents a better solution for a hybrid React or Angular and Spring Boot project. It uses create-react-app or ng new and overlays a Spring Boot Maven project on top, which is the inverse of other approaches. The goal is to retain a first-class React or Angular dev environment alongside Spring Boot and attempt to find a no-comprises approach for both.
If you want to see the solution, please jump ahead in this article. All source code is available at https://github.com/murphye/hybrid-react-angular-spring-boot-apps