Finagle vs Play: What are the differences?
What is Finagle? An extensible RPC system for the JVM. Finagle is an extensible RPC system for the JVM, used to construct high-concurrency servers. Finagle implements uniform client and server APIs for several protocols, and is designed for high performance and concurrency.
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.
Finagle belongs to "Concurrency Frameworks" category of the tech stack, while Play can be primarily classified under "Frameworks (Full Stack)".
Finagle and Play are both open source tools. It seems that Play with 11.2K GitHub stars and 3.75K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Finagle with 7.14K GitHub stars and 1.27K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Play has a broader approval, being mentioned in 111 company stacks & 46 developers stacks; compared to Finagle, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 3 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?
Play is a central framework/component/library (not sure what to call things these days) in Scala. We <3 Scala, and therefore we <3 Play.
Play is on of several frameworks we are prototyping and vetting for various public-facing websites, and may ultimately be the framework behind the main datapile.io website.
I used Play to build a configuration UI for the service, which let you create and manage the menus (a hierarchical tree of options and actions).