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Grails vs Laravel: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is Laravel? A PHP Framework For Web Artisans. Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We believe development must be an enjoyable, creative experience to be truly fulfilling. Laravel attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.

Grails and Laravel belong to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack.

"Groovy" is the primary reason why developers consider Grails over the competitors, whereas "Clean architecture" was stated as the key factor in picking Laravel.

Grails and Laravel are both open source tools. It seems that Laravel with 53K GitHub stars and 16.2K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Grails with 2.47K GitHub stars and 944 GitHub forks.

PedidosYa, Sellsuki, and Webedia are some of the popular companies that use Laravel, whereas Grails is used by PedidosYa, LinkedIn, and Learningpod. Laravel has a broader approval, being mentioned in 817 company stacks & 753 developers stacks; compared to Grails, which is listed in 48 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

What is Grails?

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.

What is Laravel?

It is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.
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    What are some alternatives to Grails and Laravel?
    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.
    Rails
    Rails is a web-application framework that includes everything needed to create database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern.
    Groovy
    Groovy builds upon the strengths of Java but has additional power features inspired by languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk. It makes modern programming features available to Java developers with almost-zero learning curve.
    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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    Decisions about Grails and Laravel
    Antonio Sanchez
    Antonio Sanchez
    CEO at Kokoen GmbH · | 13 upvotes · 139K views
    atKokoen GmbHKokoen GmbH
    PHP
    PHP
    Laravel
    Laravel
    MySQL
    MySQL
    Go
    Go
    MongoDB
    MongoDB
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    Node.js
    Node.js
    ExpressJS
    ExpressJS

    Back at the start of 2017, we decided to create a web-based tool for the SEO OnPage analysis of our clients' websites. We had over 2.000 websites to analyze, so we had to perform thousands of requests to get every single page from those websites, process the information and save the big amounts of data somewhere.

    Very soon we realized that the initial chosen script language and database, PHP, Laravel and MySQL, was not going to be able to cope efficiently with such a task.

    By that time, we were doing some experiments for other projects with a language we had recently get to know, Go , so we decided to get a try and code the crawler using it. It was fantastic, we could process much more data with way less CPU power and in less time. By using the concurrency abilites that the language has to offers, we could also do more Http requests in less time.

    Unfortunately, I have no comparison numbers to show about the performance differences between Go and PHP since the difference was so clear from the beginning and that we didn't feel the need to do further comparison tests nor document it. We just switched fully to Go.

    There was still a problem: despite the big amount of Data we were generating, MySQL was performing very well, but as we were adding more and more features to the software and with those features more and more different type of data to save, it was a nightmare for the database architects to structure everything correctly on the database, so it was clear what we had to do next: switch to a NoSQL database. So we switched to MongoDB, and it was also fantastic: we were expending almost zero time in thinking how to structure the Database and the performance also seemed to be better, but again, I have no comparison numbers to show due to the lack of time.

    We also decided to switch the website from PHP and Laravel to JavaScript and Node.js and ExpressJS since working with the JSON Data that we were saving now in the Database would be easier.

    As of now, we don't only use the tool intern but we also opened it for everyone to use for free: https://tool-seo.com

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    Alex A
    Alex A
    Founder at PRIZ Guru · | 3 upvotes · 92.6K views
    atPRIZ GuruPRIZ Guru
    Grails
    Grails
    Play
    Play
    Scala
    Scala
    Groovy
    Groovy
    Gradle
    Gradle

    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?

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    Laravel
    Laravel

    I use Laravel because it has integrated unit testing that making TDD a breeze. Having a View (Blade engine) making me easier to work without too many efforts in front-end.

    I do recommend going into the root of programming once getting stable on any framework. Go beyond Symfony, go beyond PHP, go into the roots to the mother of programming; c++, c, smalltalk, erlang OTP. Understand the fundamental principle of abstraction.

    A framework is just a framework, it helps in getting feedback quickly; like practicing dancing in front of a mirror. Getting fundamentals right is the one true key in doing it right. Programming is not hard, but abstract-programming is extremely hard.

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    David Block
    David Block
    Owner/Developer · | 4 upvotes · 498 views
    atNorth Creek Consulting, Inc.North Creek Consulting, Inc.
    Laravel
    Laravel

    I use Laravel because once a client asked me to use it, I recognized that as a solo programmer, I could go from idea to basic website in under an hour. Add one of the app builder templates and the basic design is done for me as well (I use AdminLTE). Lead management means a simple database and some basic workflow - that is where you should be spending your effort. Laravel is well-enough designed that you can plug in a few basic web pages, a simple set of object models, and some Controllers that hold your business logic - and then you iterate on the pages (the UI) and the business logic until your requirements are met. If you are a stickler or have corporate CSS standards, they can be implemented easily enough. And the community is huge and friendly.

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    David Block
    David Block
    Owner/Developer · | 9 upvotes · 10.8K views
    atNorth Creek Consulting, Inc.North Creek Consulting, Inc.
    Laravel
    Laravel

    I use Laravel because once a client asked me to use it, I recognized that as a solo programmer, I could go from idea to basic website in under an hour. Add one of the app builder templates and the basic design is done for me as well (I use AdminLTE). Lead management means a simple database and some basic workflow - that is where you should be spending your effort. Laravel is well-enough designed that you can plug in a few basic web pages, a simple set of object models, and some Controllers that hold your business logic - and then you iterate on the pages (the UI) and the business logic until your requirements are met. If you are a stickler or have corporate CSS standards, they can be implemented easily enough. And the community is huge and friendly.

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    Jason Martin
    Jason Martin
    Senior PHP Developer at Orange · | 14 upvotes · 52K views
    Laravel
    Laravel
    MySQL
    MySQL
    Debian
    Debian

    For your purposes, I recommend @Laravel, or even @Symfony or @Yii, or whatever. In your use case, a framework is 100% indicated, because it will cut your boilerplate in half or more, and you'll have a pre-fab organization for files, classes and so on. Personally, I am not a fan of Frameworks, because they tend to take over your project like cancer and trap you. But for an internal app to manage stuff, it's probably the best idea to use one (preferably one you like).

    When doing internal apps, your best bet is to stick the essentials and basics, try Laravel with MySQL on a nice Debian virtual machine. Can't go wrong.

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    Tanner Naeher
    Tanner Naeher
    owner, designer, developer at Coyote6 GraphX · | 3 upvotes · 358 views
    Laravel
    Laravel

    If you are going to build from scratch use Laravel, because it is a little easier to learn than Symfony. They have a bunch of great videos to help you along the way. If you know Drupal 8 already, that is built on Symfony and you can harness the backend, but it is going to have a steeper learning curve. On the plus side you can take advantage of all its features. I wouldn't recommend building without a type of framework. Thousands of man hours have gone into those things for a reason. I started learning Symfony w/o Drupal but lost interest once I found out how much easier Laravel was. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, laravel actually uses part of symfony in its code. I like the blade template system better than twig is a big factor in deciding as well. They are both very similar, but blade is closer to native PHP which makes it a little easier to learn.

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    Ahmet Ertem
    Ahmet Ertem
    Full Stack Developer · | 5 upvotes · 512 views
    Laravel
    Laravel

    I use Laravel because right now it's really hard to find someone using native PHP without a framework. Also learning a framework easier than native for newcomers. Also; I was not supporting frameworks before but after start developing a core with one I saw i can find many new people for the projects.

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    Jigar Dhulla
    Jigar Dhulla
    Senior Application Developer at Endurance International Group · | 2 upvotes · 265 views
    Laravel
    Laravel

    I use Laravel because you don't have to re-invent the wheel when compared to core PHP. We can focus directly on business logic. And the little learning curve for Laravel is worth it. Can't really compare with Laravel with Symfony as I haven't worked with Symfony yet. My suggestion would be to pick one and stick to it. If at all you have to move to other, it should be easy. Last thing I would like to add is that there are more people around who knows Laravel compared to PHP, may be that's why I started with Laravel.

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    Node.js
    Node.js
    Laravel
    Laravel
    PHP
    PHP
    React
    React
    Vue.js
    Vue.js

    I want to create a video sharing service like Youtube, which users can use to upload and watch videos. I prefer to use Vue.js for front-end. What do you suggest for the back-end? Node.js or Laravel ( PHP ) I need a good performance with high speed, and the most important thing is the ability to handle user's requests if the site's traffic increases. I want to create an algorithm that users who watch others videos earn points (randomly but in clear context) If you have anything else to improve, please let me know. For eg: If you prefer React to Vue.js. Thanks in advance

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    Reviews of Grails and Laravel
    Review ofLaravelLaravel

    I moved from .NET and Rails to Laravel, and since then never thought to go back. I feel Laravel framework has the capability to overcome all modern frameworks.

    At Soft Pyramid we are developing rich business applications using Laravel Framework, and never feel any limitation even for complex reporting.We have written REST apis, complex ERP solutions and found awsome in all areas.

    How developers use Grails and Laravel
    Avatar of BrightMachine
    BrightMachine uses LaravelLaravel

    The best PHP framework right now, intuitive and growing up quickly.

    We use Laravel in the outer layer of our Clean Architecture codebases, whereby the domain model does not rely on the framework as a whole.

    Avatar of Kent Steiner
    Kent Steiner uses LaravelLaravel

    See "PHP", I don't really choose to use it, but I can step in and operate in Laravel when necessary. Same goes for quite a few other PHP frameworks, including my own full-featured proprietary stack.

    Avatar of Nicholas Alexander
    Nicholas Alexander uses LaravelLaravel

    An excellent PHP framework employing SOLID principles to rapidly develop web-site systems and connect them to databases. Custom development of admin screens for website management.

    Avatar of Doug Bromley
    Doug Bromley uses LaravelLaravel

    A clean, easy to understand, well documented framework with excellent tools and a great community providing every imaginable extension to add functionality to your project.

    Avatar of Jake Taylor
    Jake Taylor uses LaravelLaravel

    Laravel is the PHP framework we use. It speeds up development and simplifies a lot of PHP. Complicated at first but saves time once you're comfortable with it.

    Avatar of AfricanStockPhoto
    AfricanStockPhoto uses GrailsGrails

    All the power of the JVM, with the ease-of-use of a modern web framework.

    Avatar of Endource
    Endource uses GrailsGrails

    Core component of our bespoke CMS

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