I was chatting with my Java buddies recently and they had just discovered an alternative lightweight framework for building Java based web applications – something called Spring. The Spring framework is equivalent to the Zend Framework or Code Igniter.
I first learned about Spring before it was called Spring, back in 2002 when the inventor of Spring wrote a book (Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development) criticizing how ridiculously heavy Java was becoming.
… I was right there with him! So much so in fact, that I moved into the ultra nimble PHP.
Anyway, since then, the Spring Framework has become one of the major players in the Java world. I’ve been out of the Java world for a while now, but I do check things out once and a while just out of curiosity. Besides, the PHP community can learn a lot from Java … both the good and the bad.
The point of this article:
I checked out the official site for the Spring framework … they use Drupal! For those of you that may not know, Drupal is a PHP based web application.