Reasons for FemtoWeb might include:
- Keeping the overall WAR size at a minimum
- Not wanting to write XML configuration files more often than Java code
- It's impossible to teach the team a full-blown web framework (e.g. because of time limits and deadlines)
- Small projects where full-blown frameworks would just be overkill
- Minimalistic developers
Don't use this framework if you are not limited by those constraints and/or want to develop a large application. It's just more fun that way!
You can find the source code and contribute to the source repository on GitHub.
Important: Read this section before even considering using FemtoWeb in your project!
The scope of this framework is very narrow. It doesn't care about things that are not directly related to HTTP requests/responses (e.g. persistence, databases, form validation etc.). It just provides a very basic MVC-like abstraction whose sole purpose is to separate the logic (actions, sometimes called controllers) from the presentation (in most cases JSP). You could say that this framework implements the most necessary components of the "VC" portion (view and controller) of MVC, but doesn't impose any more constraints on the developer.
The programmer isn't constrained by any more than the absolutely necessary components.