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Spring is web framework or is competitor of J2EE?

akhtar qureshi

Joined: Nov 24, 2009
Posts: 16
Spring is web framework just like struts???
or Spring is individual application not include in j2ee....?
Spring and j2EE is competitor?

please Help me....
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42956
Spring is an application framework, not just a web framework; it can just as well be used in desktop applications as in web applications. It doesn't depend on JEE (and is in no way a competitor to it).
Jeanne Boyarsky
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You can use both J2EE and Spring in the same application. Spring can replace parts of J2EE.

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... Or in some cases, Spring can enhance existing J2EE functionality. For example, I use Spring Security, which provides a better authentication model but I'm still using J2EE authorization in some places since Spring appropriately sets the Principal value in the request object of servlet invocations. So I can use request.isUserInRole() to enforce fairly granular authorization rules. At the same time, I can use simple Spring security configuration to handle more coarse grained authorization rules.
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