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I'm more in the Spring camp, but most of JEE is annotations based. You can put a Betty backing under it without much problem. Spring Boot does it even more readily.

I'm not saying that Kotlin is bad, but most things are now pretty equal. Java 8 has functional/OO hybrid. It has annotations. It has modern tooling that converts the boiler plat into a few keystrokes.

Fair enough. I've been absent from the Java ecosystem for quite a while, so have no opinion or anecdata to share. It's good to hear though that there are multiple, sane options available to get stuff done.

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