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Akka vs Spring: What are the differences?

Akka: Build powerful concurrent & distributed applications more easily. Akka is a toolkit and runtime for building highly concurrent, distributed, and resilient message-driven applications on the JVM; Spring: Provides a comprehensive programming and configuration model for modern Java-based enterprise applications. A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.

Akka and Spring are primarily classified as "Concurrency Frameworks" and "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools respectively.

"Great concurrency model" is the top reason why over 22 developers like Akka, while over 192 developers mention "Java" as the leading cause for choosing Spring.

Akka and Spring are both open source tools. It seems that Spring with 30.1K GitHub stars and 19.2K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Akka with 9.99K GitHub stars and 3.03K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Spring has a broader approval, being mentioned in 316 company stacks & 179 developers stacks; compared to Akka, which is listed in 75 company stacks and 54 developer stacks.

What is Akka?

Akka is a toolkit and runtime for building highly concurrent, distributed, and resilient message-driven applications on the JVM.

What is Spring?

A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.
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What are some alternatives to Akka and Spring?
Scala
Scala is an acronym for โ€œScalable Languageโ€. This means that Scala grows with you. You can play with it by typing one-line expressions and observing the results. But you can also rely on it for large mission critical systems, as many companies, including Twitter, LinkedIn, or Intel do. To some, Scala feels like a scripting language. Its syntax is concise and low ceremony; its types get out of the way because the compiler can infer them.
Kafka
Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.
Erlang
Some of Erlang's uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang's runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems.
Spring Boot
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.
RxJS
RxJS is a library for reactive programming using Observables, to make it easier to compose asynchronous or callback-based code. This project is a rewrite of Reactive-Extensions/RxJS with better performance, better modularity, better debuggable call stacks, while staying mostly backwards compatible, with some breaking changes that reduce the API surface.
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datapile uses SpringSpring

Spring is another gift rained down by the gods of Open Source Software (a.k.a. Pivotal Labs in this particular case) that just makes sense on all levels.

From Spring Boot, to SpringMVC, the configuration architecture & profile paradigm, Spring Cloud expandability, to the ease with which one can deploy Spring applets as microservices within Docker is an absolute joy.

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papaver uses AkkaAkka

we used akka as our concurrency system at talenthouse. had the chance to write several worker. we used both akka messaging and rabbitmq to communicate. quite a slick system, was fun writing it in scala.

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Giovanni Candido da Silva uses SpringSpring

The core of the application use Spring Stack, to provide services and structure like:

  • Persistence
  • REST
  • Email
  • Security
  • Self contained application with spring boot
  • And many others.
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Kang Hyeon Ku uses SpringSpring

๊ทธ๋ƒฅ ๊ฐ„๋‹จํ•œ MVC ์›น ํ”„๋ ˆ์ž„ ์›Œํฌ ์ธ์ค„ ์•Œ์•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ์ •๋ง ๋ชจ๋“ˆํ™”๊ฐ€ ์ž˜ ๋˜์žˆ๊ณ , ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜๋‹ค๋ณด๋ฉด ๊ฐœ๋ฐœ์ž์—๊ฒŒ ์ •๋ง ํŽธ๋ฆฌํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด ๋†“์•˜๋‹ค. vaildation ๋ถ€๋ถ„์€ ๋”ฐ๋กœ ์ฒ˜๋ฆฌ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ณ , ํŒŒ๋ผ๋ฏธํ„ฐ ๋‹ด๋Š” ๋ณ€์ˆ˜์™€ ๋””ํดํŠธ ๊ฐ’์„ ์ธ์ž๋กœ ์„ค์ •ํ•ด ์ฃผ๋Š” ๋ถ€๋ถ„๋„ ์ฐธ ์ข‹์€ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™๋‹ค. ๋˜ spring-data ๋Š” jpa ํ™œ์šฉํ•ด ๋น ๋ฅด๊ฒŒ ๊ฐœ๋ฐœํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ์œ ์šฉํ•˜๋‹ค.

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fileee GmbH uses AkkaAkka

Akka powers our asynchronous document upload processor, handling e.g. tasks for OCR, thumbnail generation and document analysis.

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ByeongGi uses SpringSpring
  • SpringFramework ์ค‘ MVC , AOP ๋“ฑ์˜ ๋ผ์ด๋ธŒ๋Ÿฌ๋ฆฌ๋ฅผ ํ™œ์šฉํ•˜์—ฌ ์›น ์–ดํ”Œ๋ฆฌ์ผ€์ด์…˜ ํ”„๋กœ์ ํŠธ ๊ตฌ์„ฑ
  • ๊ณตํ†ต ๋กœ์ง ๊ตฌํ˜„ ๋ฐ ๋ณด์•ˆ ์ฒ˜๋ฆฌ ๊ฐ€๋Šฅ

  • Spring5์—์„œ ์ง€์›ํ•˜๋Š” ํ•จ์ˆ˜ํ˜• ํ”„๋กœ๊ทธ๋ž˜๋ฐ ๊ฒฝํ—˜ ์žˆ์Œ

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Ralic Lo uses SpringSpring

Used Spring Boot and its ORM to interacting with database server for web application development.

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