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Spring vs Symfony: 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, Symfony is detailed as "A PHP full-stack web framework". Symfony is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP. Symfony can be used to develop all kind of websites, from your personal blog to high traffic ones like Dailymotion or Yahoo! Answers.

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

"Java", "Open source" and "Great community" are the key factors why developers consider Spring; whereas "Open source", "Php" and "Community" are the primary reasons why Symfony is favored.

Spring and Symfony are both open source tools. It seems that Spring with 30.1K GitHub stars and 19.2K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Symfony with 21K GitHub stars and 6.98K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Symfony has a broader approval, being mentioned in 355 company stacks & 267 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 Symfony?

Symfony is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP. Symfony can be used to develop all kind of websites, from your personal blog to high traffic ones like Dailymotion or Yahoo! Answers.

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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.
Foundation
Foundation is the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. You can quickly prototype and build sites or apps that work on any kind of device with Foundation, which includes layout constructs (like a fully responsive grid), elements and best practices.
Node.js
Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
Rails
Rails is a web-application framework that includes everything needed to create database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern.
Android SDK
Android provides a rich application framework that allows you to build innovative apps and games for mobile devices in a Java language environment.
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shridhardalavi uses SymfonySymfony

Symfony is a set of PHP Components, a Web Application framework, a Philosophy, and a Community — all working together in harmony A framework is a collection of universal, reusable programs that accomplish particular tasks to facilitate the development of software applications. A framework is a pledge of quality, upgradability and maintainability of applications at lower cost. Applications developed using a framework are interoperable with market standards.

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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

그냥 간단한 MVC 웹 프레임 워크 인줄 알았는데 정말 모듈화가 잘 되있고, 사용하다보면 개발자에게 정말 편리하게 만들어 놓았다. vaildation 부분은 따로 처리 할 수 있고, 파라미터 담는 변수와 디폴트 값을 인자로 설정해 주는 부분도 참 좋은 것 같다. 또 spring-data 는 jpa 활용해 빠르게 개발하는데 유용하다.

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ByeongGi uses SpringSpring
  • SpringFramework 중 MVC , AOP 등의 라이브러리를 활용하여 웹 어플리케이션 프로젝트 구성
  • 공통 로직 구현 및 보안 처리 가능

  • Spring5에서 지원하는 함수형 프로그래밍 경험 있음

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Hevelop uses SymfonySymfony

We developed our ERP with Symfony, then we use this framework and its components in e-commerce customization.

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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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Hilenium uses SymfonySymfony

The RESTful backend for Hilenium was built using the Symfony2 framework.

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Oliver Stark uses SymfonySymfony

Solid components backed by a great community and visionary company (sensio labs).

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Massimo Floris uses SymfonySymfony

Back-end Framework, data model implementation, Database interactions.

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