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6 Top Free and Open Source Groovy Web Frameworks

One of the types of software that’s important for a web developer is the web framework. A framework “is a code library that makes a developer’s life easier when building reliable, scalable, and maintainable web applications” by providing reusable code or extensions for common operations. By saving development time, developers can concentrate on application logic rather than mundane elements.

A web framework offers the developer a choice about how to solve a specific problem. By using a framework, a developer lets the framework control portions of their application. While it’s perfectly possible to code a web application without using a framework, it’s more practical to use one.

Groovy is a powerful, optionally typed and dynamic language, with static-typing and static compilation capabilities, for the Java platform aimed at improving developer productivity thanks to a concise, familiar and easy to learn syntax.

The chart below captures our recommendations. Only free and open source software is featured.

Best Free and Open Source Groovy Web Frameworks

Let’s explore the 6 Groovy web frameworks. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

Groovy Web Frameworks
GrailsPopular web application framework for the JVM built on top of Spring Boot
RatpackSimple, capable, toolkit for creating high performance web applications
GaelykLightweight Groovy toolkit for Google App Engine Java
HotPolyglot reactive web framework for the JVM
GlideCreate apps that run on Google App Engine
gServCreate and deploy REST based services using Groovy

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