CakePHP vs Grails: What are the differences?
CakePHP: The Rapid Development Framework for PHP. CakePHP makes building web applications simpler, faster, while requiring less code. A modern PHP 7 framework offering a flexible database access layer and a powerful scaffolding system; 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.
CakePHP and Grails can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.
"Open source" is the top reason why over 34 developers like CakePHP, while over 44 developers mention "Groovy" as the leading cause for choosing Grails.
CakePHP and Grails are both open source tools. It seems that CakePHP with 7.9K GitHub stars and 3.4K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Grails with 2.48K GitHub stars and 945 GitHub forks.
Swat.io, Walls.io, and Zumba are some of the popular companies that use CakePHP, whereas Grails is used by LinkedIn, PedidosYa, and TransferWise. CakePHP has a broader approval, being mentioned in 66 company stacks & 29 developers stacks; compared to Grails, which is listed in 47 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.
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Some may wonder why did we choose Grails ? Really good question :) We spent quite some time to evaluate what framework to go with and the battle was between Play Scala and Grails ( Groovy ). We have enough experience with both and, to be honest, I absolutely in love with Scala; however, the tipping point for us was the potential speed of development. Grails allows much faster development pace than Play , and as of right now this is the most important parameter. We might convert later though. Also, worth mentioning, by default Grails comes with Gradle as a build tool, so why change?
The main pro of CakePHP is "bake" functionality and use of conventions, which, if you follow them and buy into them you can really create some complex, large applications quite fast. Faster than any other PHP framework I've ever used, and I've tried all the popular ones.
However, my issues with Cake are as follows:
The ORM is slow. Slower than many of the alternatives. It's queries sometimes do strange things like querying 2 tables separately instead of using a join and I've often faced memory issues stemming from the ORM.
The code conventions, while since 3 they have adopted PSR-2 are still a long way to go to being as compliant with the many PSRs as say, Laravel and Symfony. For example the controllers have an "initialize" method which is doing what you would/should do in __construct. Bugs me.
The template layer needs to be Twig and not the ctp one. This is where the conventions fall apart and I've seen controller code, and tonnes of php logic in views because ctp offers nothing useful, unlike twig or blade templates which are very clean in comparison.
That said I work on a project with hundreds of models and controllers and it holds up really well. I couldn't imagine the same application in Laravel or Symfony. It would be a mess.
CakePhp has is own Comunity and its very coprative they helpd me lot wen i wind no way to resolve a problem then i go for googling and Stack OverFlow but when we could not find any answer then we have to just post and shere issue with CakePhp Community and get answer Shortly
CakePHP is used because it is a very feature-complete, battle-tested rapid development framework. This saves us months of development time because the API's do most of the work. There is also an extensive plugin and community built around this platform.
CakePHP is one of the most mature and developed PHP Frameworks available, it brings order to Chaos and the core team are a decent bunch of people who really care about the project
All the power of the JVM, with the ease-of-use of a modern web framework.