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Spring vs Spring MVC: What are the differences?

Developers describe Spring as "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. 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 and Spring MVC can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

Spring and Spring MVC are both open source tools. Spring MVC with 30.6K GitHub stars and 19.6K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Spring with 30.6K GitHub stars and 19.6K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Spring has a broader approval, being mentioned in 319 company stacks & 184 developers stacks; compared to Spring MVC, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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I am a graduate student working as a software engineer in a company. For my personal development, I want to learn web development. I have some experience in Springboot while I was in university. So I want to continue with spring-boot, but I heard about Django. I'm reaching out to the experts here to help me choose a future proof framework. Django or Spring Boot?

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Kamrul Hasan, Don't choose dying technologies with small communities. How many startups do you think use Spring and Django? Use Google Trends to compare technologies. Study the StackOverflow developer survey and job websites to see what technologies are wanted. Few teams can afford to train you to get up to their level so be a life-long learner. Embrace the dawn of a new industry and become an expert.

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Sulaiman Sanusi
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I recommend you stick to Java Spring as you already have experience with the technology, i suggest you master this technology and then if Django seam to be very interesting to you, django is a framework you can easily pickup as python is also easy, you have to probably be able to manage the context switching between a static typed language like Java to dynamic language like python

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Christoph Becker
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It depends on what you want. Spring is Java-based whereas Django is Python-based. The question rather is Java vs Python. I personally recommend Python as it's shorter and easy to learn. But Java has advantages in really big systems.

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Gonzalo Fernández
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Hi Kamrul,

It really depends on the kind of project and whether you feel more comfortable with Java or Python. Both are excellent frameworks, with a huge community and learning material. I've been working with Spring Boot since I started coding almost and I can assure you it's the perfect combination for Java. The learning curve may be harder that Django, but once you know the basics you're good to go. I can't tell you much about Django but you must now by now that it has a great reputation with Python users. In any case I don't think you can go wrong with any of these two. My advice is, if you are already familiar with the Spring framework, give Spring Boot a try, because you're going to find out that it just makes the whole Spring experience so much easier. Let us know what you chose!

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Both are in active development and had huge community support. It really depends on you what you are comfortable with. Both are married to their respective languages. I choose Python over Java because of its simplicity and readability. To develop in java you need to write a lot of code. That's how java is. The best part I love with Django is its synchronization with Databases.

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Pros of Spring
Pros of Spring MVC
  • 219
    Java
  • 153
    Open source
  • 131
    Great community
  • 118
    Very powerful
  • 110
    Enterprise
  • 61
    Lot of great subprojects
  • 58
    Easy setup
  • 44
    Convention , configuration, done
  • 37
    Standard
  • 29
    Love the logic
  • 10
    Dependency injection
  • 10
    Good documentation
  • 9
    Stability
  • 6
    MVC
  • 6
    Easy
  • 3
    Makes the hard stuff fun & the easy stuff automatic
  • 3
    Strong typing
  • 2
    Easy Integration with Spring Security
  • 2
    Maven
  • 2
    Great Desgin
  • 2
    Integrations with most other Java frameworks
  • 1
    Best practices
  • 1
    OracleDb integration
  • 1
    Code maintenance
  • 1
    Large ecosystem with seamless integration
  • 1
    Java has more support and more libraries
  • 1
    Supports vast databases
  • 1
    Live project
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    Cons of Spring
    Cons of Spring MVC
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      Draws you into its own ecosystem and bloat
    • 2
      Java
    • 2
      Poor documentation
    • 2
      Verbose configuration
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      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 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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