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Grails vs Groovy: What are the differences?

Grails: An Open Source, full stack, web application framework for the JVM. Grails is a framework used to build web applications with the Groovy programming language. The core framework is very extensible and there are numerous plugins available that provide easy integration of add-on features; Groovy: A dynamic language for the Java platform. Groovy builds upon the strengths of Java but has additional power features inspired by languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk. It makes modern programming features available to Java developers with almost-zero learning curve.

Grails can be classified as a tool in the "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category, while Groovy is grouped under "Languages".

"Groovy" is the top reason why over 44 developers like Grails, while over 38 developers mention "Java platform" as the leading cause for choosing Groovy.

Grails and Groovy are both open source tools. Grails with 2.48K GitHub stars and 945 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Groovy with 1.49K GitHub stars and 414 GitHub forks.

Starbucks, PedidosYa, and AgoraPulse are some of the popular companies that use Groovy, whereas Grails is used by LinkedIn, PedidosYa, and MercadoLibre. Groovy has a broader approval, being mentioned in 79 company stacks & 73 developers stacks; compared to Grails, which is listed in 47 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

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Pros of Grails
Pros of Groovy
  • 56
    Groovy
  • 40
    Jvm
  • 38
    Rapid development
  • 37
    Gorm
  • 30
    Web framework
  • 25
    Open source
  • 21
    Plugins
  • 17
    Extensible
  • 17
    Easy
  • 14
    Dynamic
  • 6
    Clean architecture (Dependency Injection)
  • 6
    Gradle
  • 5
    Clear what everything does, lots of options
  • 4
    RAD
  • 4
    Agile
  • 4
    Great documentation
  • 3
    Android
  • 3
    Spring
  • 2
    Easy setup
  • 1
    Java web apps with steroid
  • 42
    Java platform
  • 32
    Much more productive than java
  • 28
    Concise and readable
  • 27
    Very little code needed for complex tasks
  • 21
    Dynamic language
  • 12
    Nice dynamic syntax for the jvm
  • 9
    Very fast
  • 6
    Easy to setup
  • 6
    Can work with JSON as an object
  • 5
    Literal Collections
  • 5
    Supports closures (lambdas)
  • 2
    Syntactic sugar
  • 2
    Optional static typing
  • 2
    Developer Friendly

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Cons of Grails
Cons of Groovy
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    Frequent breaking changes
  • 2
    Undocumented features
  • 3
    Groovy Code can be slower than Java Code
  • 1
    Objects cause stateful/heap mess

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What is Grails?

Grails is a framework used to build web applications with the Groovy programming language. The core framework is very extensible and there are numerous plugins available that provide easy integration of add-on features.

What is Groovy?

It is a powerful multi-faceted programming language for the JVM platform. It supports a spectrum of programming styles incorporating features from dynamic languages such as optional and duck typing, but also static compilation and static type checking at levels similar to or greater than Java through its extensible static type checker. It aims to greatly increase developer productivity with many powerful features but also a concise, familiar and easy to learn syntax.

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