I want to make a small web site, and preferably in Java, due primarily to my coding partner. I love micro-frameworks such as Flask in Python, but most frameworks in Java are BIG and/or slow. Examples of this is the Play Framework and Grails. Hate them both.

I just want a minimal approach, but don't want to code with pure Servlets, and so far I have found two:

The Sinatra inspired Spark, and the similar Jogger, which is slightly more recent. I am slightly reluctant to use Jogger, since it is very new and just backed by one guy.

Any other suggestions?

Need to have

  • Easy setup/Adapters for common database backends (Postgres, H2, ...)
  • Filters/Interceptors for pre/post-processing
  • Be easy to work with JSON

Nice to have

  • Results converted based on requested content-type (like JAX-RS does)
  • Annotations for routing
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    @NickWilde added.
    – oligofren
    Apr 2, 2014 at 11:25
  • Spark is your best choice I think :)
    – dimzak
    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:49

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JHipster allows you to create applications with different options for both backend and frontend.

There is a Yeoman generator, generator-jhipster, to quickly generate the application.

From its documentation page:

JHipster is a development platform to generate, develop and deploy Spring Boot + Angular / React / Vue Web applications and Spring microservices.

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    That was a really solid option. Never heard about it until now. After comparing Spark to JHipster, I guess Spark is what fits my bill the closest: a super-simple understandable piece of software that Does-One-Thing - and is still in active development (but not that much - aka stable). Still, no one suggested it as an answer and JHipster is probably the best alternative for someone who wants something comprehensive, so the vote goes to you.
    – oligofren
    Jun 3, 2019 at 19:40

Take a look at Stripes. I've had great success with it. The only drawback is that it may no longer be in active development. There's very little configuration -- most everything is convention or annotation to override that -- and it works well with Spring and other DI frameworks.

  • Stripes was dead in 2014. The homepage is now some japanese spam network.
    – oligofren
    Jun 3, 2019 at 19:37

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