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Spring Boot vs Spring MVC: What are the differences?

Developers describe Spring Boot 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. On the other hand, Spring MVC is detailed as "A Java framework which is used to build web applications". A Java framework that follows the Model-View-Controller design pattern and provides an elegant solution to use MVC in spring framework by the help of DispatcherServlet.

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

Spring Boot and Spring MVC are both open source tools. It seems that Spring Boot with 39.8K GitHub stars and 25.8K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Spring MVC with 30.6K GitHub stars and 19.6K GitHub forks.

MIT, Intuit, and OpenGov are some of the popular companies that use Spring Boot, whereas Spring MVC is used by 1stdibs, Redfin, and europeone. Spring Boot has a broader approval, being mentioned in 333 company stacks & 617 developers stacks; compared to Spring MVC, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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.

What is Spring MVC?

A Java framework that follows the Model-View-Controller design pattern and provides an elegant solution to use MVC in spring framework by the help of DispatcherServlet.
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      Decisions about Spring Boot and Spring MVC
      Marwen Trabelsi
      Marwen Trabelsi
      Software Engineer | 3 upvotes 38.3K 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
      Engineering Manager at Taylor and Francis | 12 upvotes 785.8K views
      MongoDB Atlas
      MongoDB Atlas
      Java
      Java
      Spring Boot
      Spring Boot
      Node.js
      Node.js
      ExpressJS
      ExpressJS
      Python
      Python
      Flask
      Flask
      Amazon Kinesis
      Amazon Kinesis
      Amazon Kinesis Firehose
      Amazon Kinesis Firehose
      Amazon SNS
      Amazon SNS
      Amazon SQS
      Amazon SQS
      AWS Lambda
      AWS Lambda
      Angular 2
      Angular 2
      RxJS
      RxJS
      GitHub
      GitHub
      Travis CI
      Travis CI
      Terraform
      Terraform
      Docker
      Docker
      Serverless
      Serverless
      Amazon RDS
      Amazon RDS
      Amazon DynamoDB
      Amazon DynamoDB
      Amazon S3
      Amazon S3
      #Backend
      #Microservices
      #Eventsourcingframework
      #Webapps
      #Devops
      #Data

      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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      Node.js
      Node.js
      Java
      Java
      Spring Boot
      Spring Boot
      Python
      Python
      Flask
      Flask
      Django
      Django

      Since you said that your middleware will be accessing DB and expose API, you can go with Node.js. It will make your development fast and easy. Suppose in future you will add some business logic you can choose Java with Spring Boot or Python with Flask / Django. NOTE: Language or framework doesn't matter. Choose based on your programming knowledge.

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      Reviews of Spring Boot and Spring MVC
      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 Spring Boot and Spring MVC
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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.

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      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.

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      Vaadin uses Spring BootSpring Boot

      Solid base for Java-based web app backend

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