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Hi

I'm looking for a framework(s) for a small web app (running on free micro AWS EC2 for the first year, serving probably to less than 100 users a day (but i hope there will be more in the future ) )
at the beginning i thought about Spring (DI) Spring MVC, Spring JPA, Hibernate - something i know.

then i thought that maybe there are other lighter frameworks?  i spent 2 evenings trying to configure and get a knowledge about Play Framework,
but i can see that there is too much Scala, Activator works strange (run command hang few times, so i had to reload whole activator app anyway - it takes a lot of time), poor IDE integration, not happy for now.

What about other frameworks? something worth to try ?

But then i thought that with Spring i'll have all functionalities i need (like auth, etc.), for faster reloading (during dev process) i can use spring boot devtools.

Is there a real alternative? i know some frameworks offer simple MVC with annotations - that's look nice, but then, i'm worried that later i'll have some problems with implementing Authentication/Authorization (and in Spring there are proven/tested mechanisms for that)


Can i really get smaller memory footprint with other frameworks ?
 
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I prefer to use smaller frameworks, and then to combine them as necessary. For MVC, I like Stripes, which uses annotations, and does everything I want a web framework to do, and little else. For security, I might add Apache Shiro, and for DB access, Hibernate or OpenJPA. Stripes is readily extensible, making it easy to mix and match in that way.
 
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