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.