When comparing Play 2 vs Apache Tapestry, the Slant community recommends Play 2 for most people. In the question“What are the best Java web frameworks?” Play 2 is ranked 4th while Apache Tapestry is ranked 11th.
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Pro Very fast and easy to install, it is a revolutionary framework
Pro Great resources
With some basic starting tutorials and a fleshed out documentation, there will be no need to go asking others for help, there should be enough for a developer to find a solution.
Pro Asynchronous requests
Everything with Play has been built with asynchronous requests in mind. This will result in the application not blocking results while waiting on other operations. With this implemented your application can be developed with multiple threads in mind without worrying about hanging on one request before it completes another.
Pro Rapid application development
All error checking and testing done in the browser only needs a page refresh to show the latest updates. This is huge, allowing the ability to code in real-time and make quick edits. Without it the develop would need to reboot/recompile the entire application to test with new data.
Pro Supports Scala
Pro Clean code, change of code philosophy
Clean structure helps you maintain your code for a long time.
Pro Saves you a lot of work
To save your work you need to understand its philosophy.
Con Not backword-compatible
Applications that have been written in Play 1 will not be supported in Play 2 as the core of the framework was rewritten in Scala. This includes plugins that were working in Play 1 as well.
Con Becoming a Scala framework
As Play continues to develop and mature it seems as if it is becoming less of a Java framework as the core has been rebuilt in Scala. This may deter adopters.
Con Steep learning curve
Con New releases unlikely
No major releases since 2008 when version 5.0 was released. Current version is 5.4.3 released in 2017.
Con Long way to learn it
It's philosophy is radically different to what you probably ever seen.