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Anyone using the Play framework

 
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Anyone already familiar with the Play framework? I'm considering to rewrite my WebApp that has the standard JEE stack (Struts / Spring / Morphia / mongoDB) to a (Play / Scala / Morphia / mongoDB). I'm gaining quite a bit of experience with Scala in the last couple days, but haven't heard about the Play framework. I guess it is part of the typesafe stack and I'm considering it as a potential replacement for my Struts layer. Any pointers to some useful materials? Case studies? I know Google is my friend but in case if you could know of any trustworthy case studies, let me know!
 
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I'm using Play 1.2.3 for one of my projects; but with Java not Scala.

Play 2 is useless to me as it would require a complete rewrite of the project (Play 2 is not backward compatible with Play 1), and Play 2 apps cannot deploy to a servlet container. Useless in production environments invested in Tomcat or any other servlet container.

P.S. Play would not replace just the Struts layer. It would replace all layers.
 
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So does that make Lift a better choice for a Scala framework? The Lift website claims "you can still use your favorite Java libraries and deploy to your favorite Servlet Container and app server".
 
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I have no experience with Lift and have only heard vague grumblings.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:I have no experience with Lift and have only heard vague grumblings.

Darn - I was hoping for very specific grumblings...
 
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Well, I can give you lots of those on a variety of subjects! Just not Lift.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:… Play 2 apps cannot deploy to a servlet container. Useless in production environments invested in Tomcat or any other servlet container.


Note that investment in Tomcat does not necessarily mean that nothing else may be used: not every HTTP resource has to run on the same kind of server, and not every organisation really insists on one-size-fits-all architecture. Besides, there was a time when Tomcat was the new thing.
 
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Peter Hilton wrote:Note that investment in Tomcat does not necessarily mean that nothing else may be used: not every HTTP resource has to run on the same kind of server, and not every organisation really insists on one-size-fits-all architecture. Besides, there was a time when Tomcat was the new thing.


No argument from me, but this client would not consider deploying any other way.
 
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