A business’s success can depend on its choice of tech stack.
Websites and apps can take a lot of time and effort to build. Frameworks for websites and web applications take advantage of the features shared by all websites and web applications.
By this definition, the framework can be understood quite literally. A framework also serves as a skeleton for a house’s outer framing and overall support. The same applies to software frameworks.
Frameworks are more holistic than libraries when adopting code from them. Rather than just offering a single solution, frameworks provide a complete template for developing applications. Organizing and maximizing efficiency are the benefits.
Frameworks: why are they needed?
We have discussed the environment that inspired framework development, but not why developers wanted to create them. Software development challenges must be examined first before exploring the why.
For example, let’s look at a to-do list creator, which we will implement using various frameworks in future chapters. Users should be able to perform tasks such as rendering a task list, adding a new task, and deleting a task while the application relays and updates data. These underlying data are called states in software development.
It is theoretically simple to achieve each of our goals on its own. Data can be rendered by iterating over it; objects can be added to create new tasks; and tasks can be found, edited, and deleted by using identifiers. Some cracks appear when we consider that the application must allow the user to do all these things through the browser. Our real problem is that we must update the user interface every time our application changes state.
Our to-do list app has just one feature that demonstrates the difficulty of this problem: rendering the list of tasks.
When selecting a framework for your application, consider the features you will need during development, as every framework has unique features. It is also important to consider learning curves, complexity, documentation, and community support in addition to the features.