ActiveMQ vs Starling: What are the differences?
Developers describe ActiveMQ as "A message broker written in Java together with a full JMS client". Apache ActiveMQ is fast, supports many Cross Language Clients and Protocols, comes with easy to use Enterprise Integration Patterns and many advanced features while fully supporting JMS 1.1 and J2EE 1.4. Apache ActiveMQ is released under the Apache 2.0 License. On the other hand, Starling is detailed as "A light weight server for reliable distributed message passing". Starling is a powerful but simple messaging server that enables reliable distributed queuing with an absolutely minimal overhead. It speaks the MemCache protocol for maximum cross-platform compatibility. Any language that speaks MemCache can take advantage of Starling's queue facilities.
ActiveMQ and Starling can be categorized as "Message Queue" tools.
ActiveMQ and Starling are both open source tools. ActiveMQ with 1.5K GitHub stars and 1.05K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Starling with 468 GitHub stars and 63 GitHub forks.