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Ratpack vs Spring Boot: What are the differences?

Developers describe Ratpack as "A toolkit for web applications on the JVM". It is a set of Java libraries for building scalable HTTP applications It is a lean and powerful foundation. Its apps are lightweight, fast, composable with other tools and libraries, easy to test and enjoyable to develop.. On the other hand, Spring Boot is detailed as "Create Spring-powered, production-grade applications and services with absolute minimum fuss". Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". We take an opinionated view of the Spring platform and third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. Most Spring Boot applications need very little Spring configuration.

Ratpack and Spring Boot belong to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack.

Ratpack and Spring Boot are both open source tools. Spring Boot with 40.6K GitHub stars and 26.2K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Ratpack with 1.81K GitHub stars and 366 GitHub forks.

MIT, Intuit, and OpenGov are some of the popular companies that use Spring Boot, whereas Ratpack is used by Tradier, azampar, and Deutsche Bahn. Spring Boot has a broader approval, being mentioned in 494 company stacks & 3191 developers stacks; compared to Ratpack, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

What is Ratpack?

It is a set of Java libraries for building scalable HTTP applications. It is a lean and powerful foundation. Its apps are lightweight, fast, composable with other tools and libraries, easy to test and enjoyable to develop.

What is Spring Boot?

Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". We take an opinionated view of the Spring platform and third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. Most Spring Boot applications need very little Spring configuration.
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      Decisions about Ratpack and Spring Boot
      Marwen Trabelsi
      Marwen Trabelsi
      Software Engineer | 3 upvotes 15.5K views
      Spring Boot
      Spring Boot

      I use Spring-Boot because it almost let you get things done quickly for a JVM-target project, with auto configuration components and dependency management starters. It is almost perfectly tailored for microservices applications development with a single unit deployment artifact (JAR) along with support for Service Registry and Discovery, Circuit Breaker pattern...

      Any third-party library or any back-end service would perfectly integrate well since Spring offers integration support for most of mainstream services, let it be a RDBMS service, a NoSQL database, a Message Broker...

      Coming to day-to-day development, Spring-Boot enjoys a great community so you can get support, direction, focused guidance from almost everywhere.

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      Praveen Mooli
      Praveen Mooli
      Technical Leader at Taylor and Francis | 11 upvotes 92.1K views
      MongoDB Atlas
      MongoDB Atlas
      Amazon S3
      Amazon S3
      Amazon DynamoDB
      Amazon DynamoDB
      Amazon RDS
      Amazon RDS
      Serverless
      Serverless
      Docker
      Docker
      Terraform
      Terraform
      Travis CI
      Travis CI
      GitHub
      GitHub
      RxJS
      RxJS
      Angular 2
      Angular 2
      AWS Lambda
      AWS Lambda
      Amazon SQS
      Amazon SQS
      Amazon SNS
      Amazon SNS
      Amazon Kinesis Firehose
      Amazon Kinesis Firehose
      Amazon Kinesis
      Amazon Kinesis
      Flask
      Flask
      Python
      Python
      ExpressJS
      ExpressJS
      Node.js
      Node.js
      Spring Boot
      Spring Boot
      Java
      Java
      #Data
      #Devops
      #Webapps
      #Eventsourcingframework
      #Microservices
      #Backend

      We are in the process of building a modern content platform to deliver our content through various channels. We decided to go with Microservices architecture as we wanted scale. Microservice architecture style is an approach to developing an application as a suite of small independently deployable services built around specific business capabilities. You can gain modularity, extensive parallelism and cost-effective scaling by deploying services across many distributed servers. Microservices modularity facilitates independent updates/deployments, and helps to avoid single point of failure, which can help prevent large-scale outages. We also decided to use Event Driven Architecture pattern which is a popular distributed asynchronous architecture pattern used to produce highly scalable applications. The event-driven architecture is made up of highly decoupled, single-purpose event processing components that asynchronously receive and process events.

      To build our #Backend capabilities we decided to use the following: 1. #Microservices - Java with Spring Boot , Node.js with ExpressJS and Python with Flask 2. #Eventsourcingframework - Amazon Kinesis , Amazon Kinesis Firehose , Amazon SNS , Amazon SQS, AWS Lambda 3. #Data - Amazon RDS , Amazon DynamoDB , Amazon S3 , MongoDB Atlas

      To build #Webapps we decided to use Angular 2 with RxJS

      #Devops - GitHub , Travis CI , Terraform , Docker , Serverless

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      Reviews of Ratpack and Spring Boot
      Review ofSpring BootSpring Boot

      spring boot allow my team to start building web services quickly and package it in a stand alone application

      How developers use Ratpack and Spring Boot
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      Climate CoLab uses Spring BootSpring Boot

      Spring-Boot allows us to create stand-alone web servers and helps us configure many of our dependencies with sane default, while maintaining flexibility where we need it.

      Avatar of Emcee
      Emcee uses Spring BootSpring Boot

      Probably the best application framework in Java, by far. Time-proven, mature.

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      p009922 uses Spring BootSpring Boot

      light weight server approach for REST-services

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      Project44 uses Spring BootSpring Boot

      All services are spring-boot applications.

      Avatar of Vaadin
      Vaadin uses Spring BootSpring Boot

      Solid base for Java-based web app backend

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