Play vs Spring Boot: What are the differences?
What is Play? The High Velocity Web Framework For Java and Scala. Play Framework makes it easy to build web applications with Java & Scala. Play is based on a lightweight, stateless, web-friendly architecture. Built on Akka, Play provides predictable and minimal resource consumption (CPU, memory, threads) for highly-scalable applications.
What is Spring Boot? Create Spring-powered, production-grade applications and services with absolute minimum fuss. Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". We take an opinionated view of the Spring platform and third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. Most Spring Boot applications need very little Spring configuration.
Play and Spring Boot belong to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack.
"Scala", "Web-friendly architecture" and "Built on akka" are the key factors why developers consider Play; whereas "Powerful and handy", "Easy setup" and "Java" are the primary reasons why Spring Boot is favored.
Play and Spring Boot are both open source tools. It seems that Spring Boot with 39.3K GitHub stars and 25.5K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Play with 11.2K GitHub stars and 3.75K GitHub forks.
MIT, PedidosYa, and Intuit are some of the popular companies that use Spring Boot, whereas Play is used by Keen, Kifi, and Drillist.com. Spring Boot has a broader approval, being mentioned in 326 company stacks & 585 developers stacks; compared to Play, which is listed in 111 company stacks and 46 developer stacks.
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