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Thread: Best Java web framework

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    Default Best Java web framework

    I know this is a bit of a religious issue for some, and I don't want to start a flame war, but this is something I've had to research a bit recently and I was wondering what other people's thoughts were.

    There seems to be a huge proliferation of Java web frameworks out there at the moment: Struts 2, JSF, Spring MVC / WebFlow, Tapestry, Wicket...

    A month ago I started a new project at work based on JSF and IceFaces (JSF was mandated due to the choices made on a previous project). I've used JSF a couple of times before and and it's alright, but there are definitely problems with it.

    I came across Wicket yesterday which seems pretty good. But I've been wanting to try out Spring WebFlow for a while, as I like the idea of flows (one problems with JSF is there is no "conversation" scope).

    Anyway, I was thinking of starting a new home project sometime soon, and I thought I'd ask to see if people had thoughts on the relative pros and cons of the various different frameworks.

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    Like you said this might end up in a religious war to some however I feel that if you plan on doing a serious project you should look into your requirements and see what you actually need and possibly think about scalability as well and then pick your framework from there. All frameworks have overhead of some kind and the best and probably also the slowest would be to write it your self, that's my view any ways and I've written a couple but they are very small with limited functionality as that was all I needed at the time.

    Its interesting to hear other peoples views though. Lately I've been looking into Google Guice and Sitebricks which is a pretty interesting framework but nowhere near any of the other ones out there as it is lacking in functionality.

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