Not long ago i came across this cool Java framework for building your own web applications. Actually I think someone posted it at Twitter ( @playframework ). At first i saw the invitational presentation which you can find here or at the framework’s page.
This looked like fun and was very similar to what I’m used to in Symfony based web applications. So I said “what the hell” and started off with the tutorial, most of the things seemed obvious and I was pleased with the concept of writing in Java and having the ability to use any Java library I would like to.
But wait, it gets even cooler. The guys developing this framework prepared some tasks to make your project integrate with your preferable Java IDE. If it’s NetBeans, like it was in my case, or Eclipse this is a matter of typing one command in your console.
All the keys you need to use …
The coolest thing about it I think is that while developing a web application in Play you get to use all sorts of solutions like Hibernate, OpenId, JUnit, templates based on Groovy and integrate them easily with your project.
Although this framework seems to be a reasonably “fresh” thing on the web (version 1.0 wright now), it has quite a good looking portfolio to speak for itself. I think this will aspire to be an awesome lite Java framework for all agile projects and web applications. Good luck and congrats to the Play team.