Grails vs Lift Framework: What are the differences?
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; Lift Framework: The most powerful, most secure web framework available today. Lift creates abstractions that allow easier expression of business logic and then maps those abstractions to HTTP and HTML. This approach differs from traditional web frameworks which build abstractions on top of HTTP and HTML and require the developer to bridge between common business logic patterns and the underlying protocol.
Grails and Lift Framework can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.
"Groovy" is the top reason why over 44 developers like Grails, while over 4 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing Lift Framework.
Grails and Lift Framework are both open source tools. Grails with 2.48K GitHub stars and 945 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Lift Framework with 1.19K GitHub stars and 270 GitHub forks.
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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?
I've used Lift on several web apps for Banks, as well as some private projects.
All the power of the JVM, with the ease-of-use of a modern web framework.