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Dropwizard vs Spring: What are the differences?

Developers describe Dropwizard as "Java framework for developing ops-friendly, high-performance, RESTful web services". Dropwizard is a sneaky way of making fast Java web applications. Dropwizard pulls together stable, mature libraries from the Java ecosystem into a simple, light-weight package that lets you focus on getting things done. On the other hand, Spring is detailed as "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.

Dropwizard and Spring can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Quick and easy to get a new http service going" is the primary reason why developers consider Dropwizard over the competitors, whereas "Java" was stated as the key factor in picking Spring.

Dropwizard 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 Dropwizard with 7.23K GitHub stars and 3.04K GitHub forks.

MIT, Zillow, and Bodybuilding.com are some of the popular companies that use Spring, whereas Dropwizard is used by Yammer, Opower, and ClassPass. Spring has a broader approval, being mentioned in 316 company stacks & 179 developers stacks; compared to Dropwizard, which is listed in 51 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

What is Dropwizard?

Dropwizard is a sneaky way of making fast Java web applications. Dropwizard pulls together stable, mature libraries from the Java ecosystem into a simple, light-weight package that lets you focus on getting things done.

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 Dropwizard and Spring?
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.
Play
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.
Dropwizard Metrics
It is a Java library which gives you insight into what your code does in production. It provides a powerful toolkit of ways to measure the behavior of critical components in your production environment. It provides you with full-stack visibility.
Node.js
Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
ASP.NET
.NET is a developer platform made up of tools, programming languages, and libraries for building many different types of applications.
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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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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

그냥 간단한 MVC 웹 프레임 워크 인줄 알았는데 정말 모듈화가 잘 되있고, 사용하다보면 개발자에게 정말 편리하게 만들어 놓았다. vaildation 부분은 따로 처리 할 수 있고, 파라미터 담는 변수와 디폴트 값을 인자로 설정해 주는 부분도 참 좋은 것 같다. 또 spring-data 는 jpa 활용해 빠르게 개발하는데 유용하다.

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ByeongGi uses SpringSpring
  • SpringFramework 중 MVC , AOP 등의 라이브러리를 활용하여 웹 어플리케이션 프로젝트 구성
  • 공통 로직 구현 및 보안 처리 가능

  • Spring5에서 지원하는 함수형 프로그래밍 경험 있음

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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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