Grails vs Play: 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 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.
Grails and Play can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.
"Groovy" is the top reason why over 44 developers like Grails, while over 73 developers mention "Scala" as the leading cause for choosing Play.
Grails and Play are both open source tools. Play with 11.2K GitHub stars and 3.77K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Grails with 2.48K GitHub stars and 945 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Play has a broader approval, being mentioned in 112 company stacks & 47 developers stacks; compared to Grails, which is listed in 47 company stacks and 22 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).
All the power of the JVM, with the ease-of-use of a modern web framework.