A New Kind of Religion?



Did you notice how much religion we enjoy around Java web frameworks? Ok, I know, you would be blind and deaf not to notice. People really become zealots about their favorite framework (it can be Spring, Hibernate, Struts, JSF, ... or now Ruby on Rails which is not Java-based but somehow got into these religious wars).

Some people say JSF is dead on arrival because their favorite framework is so much better (while IBM tries to clear the FUD, btw this is a great introduction to JSF). Hibernate fights with Spring. They say Ruby on Rails is going to wipe out Java from the web development space. Isn't that kind of ... funny?

Who is right and who is wrong? When discussing web frameworks, you hardly see rational arguments, what you rather see are heated discussions. Web frameworks are now rather a religion: "Framework XYZ is the only clean framework and it is the only framework to perserve!". I know, I'm exaggerating, but you get the point.

My recommendation: use the best tool for your job. Not only when choosing a web framework but also when choosing an IDE or any other tool which helps you get your job done. Just don't become fanatic and stay open-minded. And remember, we are all a bit different and work a bit different so what works well for you may not work well for your colleague. There's nothing like a perfect web framework to solve all the problems :) And yes, there's nothing like a perfect IDE...
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We all want to use the perfect tool for the job. Some of us, though, not having that luxury, want the best tool to fit _many_ jobs. (We are known as Lotus Notes programmers, <grin>) Which is why i carry such high hopes for JSF in gerenal and JSC in particular being that tool...

Posted by jake on březen 28, 2006 at 08:07 odp. CEST #

Whoever the keynote speaker will be at NetBeans day this year in SF, he can add another topic one should not discuss publicly: java frameworks! ;-)

Posted by Alexis MP on březen 29, 2006 at 12:06 dop. CEST #

Well put Roumen I couldn't agree more. Seems so strange since programming and software development should rational and logical excercises. I'm glad I'm in a position where we can support all "factions" and not have to pick sides in this holy war;-)

Posted by Andre Charland on březen 29, 2006 at 12:35 odp. CEST #

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