Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Web Architecture Consultant specializing in open source frameworks.

10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Comparing Web Frameworks Presentation

I've uploaded my Comparing Web Frameworks presentation I delivered today. This presentation is still somewhat outdated - all the stats I have in it are from February of this year (2006). I've also updated the Equinox framework-comparison page to have links to some more readable papers.

Deciding which Java web framework to use when developing your applications can be a difficult choice. I've often wondered which one is "best" myself. Since 2004, I've been playing and developing with the top five web frameworks for Java: JSF, Spring, Struts, Tapestry and WebWork. For my most recent opinion on which one is my preferred choice, see What Web Application framework should you use?. You might also checkout the following whitepapers I've written at virtuas.com:

Posted in Java at Sep 26 2006, 02:37:50 PM MDT 3 Comments
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Don't forget to mention that the Webwork will be the new "Struts 2.0". This will mean that even though Webwork may be in low demand by itself, it will soon get to leverage the popularity of Struts 1.x when it deprecates it.

Posted by Keith Weinberg on September 26, 2006 at 03:47 PM MDT #

Also, your comparisons seemed too kind at times :) I've been forced to delve deeper into some of the frameworks for an upcoming presentation and was horrified at some of the code I saw. They do horrible things...terrible - unspeakable things..(I'm not talking about WW obviously ;) )

Posted by Jesse Kuhnert on September 26, 2006 at 10:56 PM MDT #

Matt, You definately have to check out Stripes. I've used Struts, Spring MVC and Webwork and Stripes is clearly better in my opinion. I haven't used JSF or Tapestry at all, so I can't speak to those, but I think once you give Stripes a try I think you'll see that it is better than Spring MVC, Webwork and especially Struts (and I'm only talking about Struts 1.0, I haven't checked out Struts 2.0 at all yet). Switch to Stripes and say goodbye to xml configuration forever!

Posted by Paul Barry on September 27, 2006 at 08:21 AM MDT #

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