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Grails vs Node.js: 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 Node.js? A platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. 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.

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

"Groovy" is the top reason why over 44 developers like Grails, while over 1320 developers mention "Npm" as the leading cause for choosing Node.js.

Grails and Node.js are both open source tools. It seems that Node.js with 35.5K GitHub stars and 7.78K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Grails with 2.47K GitHub stars and 944 GitHub forks.

reddit, Slack, and MIT are some of the popular companies that use Node.js, whereas Grails is used by PedidosYa, LinkedIn, and Learningpod. Node.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4055 company stacks & 3897 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 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.
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