Preface

We were early adopters of Play and saw it gain popularity among a wide variety of Play developers. Now it’s time for Play to go mainstream.

Play 1.0

When I first tried the Play 1.0 release in 2010, I was struck by how simple it was. Having tried many different web frameworks, it was a refreshing change to find one that used what I already knew about HTTP and HTML (the web) instead of being based on non-web technology. In fact, the developer experience was so good, it felt like cheating.

I was also impressed by how finished Play seemed: this was no early experimental release. Many open-source projects adopt the “release early, release often” philosophy, which means a first public release is a version 0.1 that’s more of a prototype, vision ...

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