Redmonk Analyst Fintan Ryan recently published his findings on framework popularity in Java. After completing an in-depth research study on GitHub stars, issues, commits and Twitter followers, Ryan concludes: Spring still dominates, Spring Boot is on an exponential curve, Netty and Play continue to grow strongly.
Typesafe's Play team has released version 2.4 "Damiya" of their web framework. By embracing dependency injection, the refactoring towards better modularization that was started in 2.3 has continued in this release. Play 2.4 requires Java 8 and uses Lambdas and Default Methods in Play's Java-API.
The Play 2.3 release increases modularization of the framework by separating parts from the framework. Also, the Play shell has been replaced by Activator, which includes a browser UI and project templates. InfoQ also talked to Play tech lead James Roper to learn more about the changes and futures plans.
Struts 1, the venerable Java MVC Web framework, has reached End Of Life status, the Apache foundation has announced. In a sense, the move simply formalises what has already happened, as the Struts team have focused their efforts on version 2; the last release of Struts 1 was in December 2008. The change of status does mean that no further security patches or bug fixes will be issued.
Cloud Foundry Core is a web application that verifies public instances (Cloud Foundry Endpoints) against a common set of runtimes and services. This helps portability across companies that provide Cloud Foundry instances. At the same time a new version Micro Cloud Foundry is released with support for Java 7.0, JRuby, Play 2.0 framework and more.
Typesafe announced the Play framework will be included in the Typesafe Stack 2.0. The Play framework is a Rails/Grails like framework originally focused on Java not Scala. Now the Play framework 2.0 supports Scala and Java as first class citizen. InfoQ catches up with Donald Fischer, President and CEO of Typesafe, to get his thoughts on adding the Play framework to the Typesafe Stack.