Grails vs Zend Framework: What are the differences?
Developers describe Grails as "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. On the other hand, Zend Framework is detailed as "An open source, object-oriented web application framework implemented in PHP 5". Zend Framework 2 is an open source framework for developing web applications and services using PHP 5.3+. Zend Framework 2 uses 100% object-oriented code and utilises most of the new features of PHP 5.3, namely namespaces, late static binding, lambda functions and closures.
Grails and Zend Framework can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.
"Groovy" is the top reason why over 44 developers like Grails, while over 22 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing Zend Framework.
Grails and Zend Framework are both open source tools. It seems that Zend Framework with 5.71K GitHub stars and 2.87K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Grails with 2.48K GitHub stars and 945 GitHub forks.
LinkedIn, PedidosYa, and TransferWise are some of the popular companies that use Grails, whereas Zend Framework is used by Webedia, TheIconic, and Next Jump. Grails has a broader approval, being mentioned in 47 company stacks & 22 developers stacks; compared to Zend Framework, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.