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Spring vs Spring Boot: What are the differences?

What is Spring? Provides a comprehensive programming and configuration model for modern Java-based enterprise applications. A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.

What is Spring Boot? 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.

Spring and Spring Boot can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Java", "Open source" and "Great community" are the key factors why developers consider Spring; whereas "Powerful and handy", "Easy setup" and "Java" are the primary reasons why Spring Boot is favored.

Spring and Spring Boot are both open source tools. Spring Boot with 39.3K GitHub stars and 25.5K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Spring with 30.1K GitHub stars and 19.2K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Spring Boot has a broader approval, being mentioned in 326 company stacks & 585 developers stacks; compared to Spring, which is listed in 316 company stacks and 179 developer stacks.

What is Spring?

A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.

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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What are some alternatives to Spring and Spring Boot?
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Node.js
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Rails
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Django
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Decisions about Spring and Spring Boot
Marwen Trabelsi
Marwen Trabelsi
Software Engineer ยท | 3 upvotes ยท 21.4K 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 ยท | 11 upvotes ยท 220.8K 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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Reviews of Spring 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 Spring and Spring Boot
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datapile uses SpringSpring

Spring is another gift rained down by the gods of Open Source Software (a.k.a. Pivotal Labs in this particular case) that just makes sense on all levels.

From Spring Boot, to SpringMVC, the configuration architecture & profile paradigm, Spring Cloud expandability, to the ease with which one can deploy Spring applets as microservices within Docker is an absolute joy.

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Giovanni Candido da Silva uses SpringSpring

The core of the application use Spring Stack, to provide services and structure like:

  • Persistence
  • REST
  • Email
  • Security
  • Self contained application with spring boot
  • And many others.
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Kang Hyeon Ku uses SpringSpring

๊ทธ๋ƒฅ ๊ฐ„๋‹จํ•œ MVC ์›น ํ”„๋ ˆ์ž„ ์›Œํฌ ์ธ์ค„ ์•Œ์•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ์ •๋ง ๋ชจ๋“ˆํ™”๊ฐ€ ์ž˜ ๋˜์žˆ๊ณ , ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜๋‹ค๋ณด๋ฉด ๊ฐœ๋ฐœ์ž์—๊ฒŒ ์ •๋ง ํŽธ๋ฆฌํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด ๋†“์•˜๋‹ค. vaildation ๋ถ€๋ถ„์€ ๋”ฐ๋กœ ์ฒ˜๋ฆฌ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ณ , ํŒŒ๋ผ๋ฏธํ„ฐ ๋‹ด๋Š” ๋ณ€์ˆ˜์™€ ๋””ํดํŠธ ๊ฐ’์„ ์ธ์ž๋กœ ์„ค์ •ํ•ด ์ฃผ๋Š” ๋ถ€๋ถ„๋„ ์ฐธ ์ข‹์€ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™๋‹ค. ๋˜ spring-data ๋Š” jpa ํ™œ์šฉํ•ด ๋น ๋ฅด๊ฒŒ ๊ฐœ๋ฐœํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ์œ ์šฉํ•˜๋‹ค.

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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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ByeongGi uses SpringSpring
  • SpringFramework ์ค‘ MVC , AOP ๋“ฑ์˜ ๋ผ์ด๋ธŒ๋Ÿฌ๋ฆฌ๋ฅผ ํ™œ์šฉํ•˜์—ฌ ์›น ์–ดํ”Œ๋ฆฌ์ผ€์ด์…˜ ํ”„๋กœ์ ํŠธ ๊ตฌ์„ฑ
  • ๊ณตํ†ต ๋กœ์ง ๊ตฌํ˜„ ๋ฐ ๋ณด์•ˆ ์ฒ˜๋ฆฌ ๊ฐ€๋Šฅ

  • Spring5์—์„œ ์ง€์›ํ•˜๋Š” ํ•จ์ˆ˜ํ˜• ํ”„๋กœ๊ทธ๋ž˜๋ฐ ๊ฒฝํ—˜ ์žˆ์Œ

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Ralic Lo uses SpringSpring

Used Spring Boot and its ORM to interacting with database server for web application development.

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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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