Web frameworks are what developers use to make sure that they can fulfil the brief given to them by their manager, or client, to the highest standard possible.
But there aren’t just a couple of frameworks; there are hundreds. Most are free, most are open-source, so you may come across different variants of the same framework.
For anyone who isn’t familiar, a framework is a foundation for what can support development for a wide variety of use cases for the web,such as web APIs, applications, services, and much more. Some frameworks work better in some use cases than others, but the end result is a service that the end-user thinks is a simple web frame that they can click on to get their desired solution.
There have been many trends throughout the years, such asWeb 2.0, web-apps and CMS, but they’ve all had a framework to build upon.
But what about you?
What if you’re looking to develop something for the web but not sure what to use?
Here are a few that can give you a good idea of what they can offer, and how they can suit your needs.
Symfony is well-regarded across developers of PHP, as its use across thousands of websites proves, such as Spotify, Daily motion, TED, and many more.
The framework allows you to easily re-use code from previous projects while being very stable and fast when compiling and running test builds.
1. Code can be reused for other projects.
2. An app can be created from start to finish in a small amount of time.
3. Very easy to maintain throughout the project's life cycle! It can reduce man-hours and late nights when an issue arises.
1. Slightly slower framework than usual for real-time apps such as chatbots.
2. It’s mainly used for large-business orientated applications, so using it for a local business wouldn’t be suitable.
3. It’s a steep learning curve in learning Symfony, and it can take a longer amount of time compared to the other frameworks below when an application using Symfony is complete.
This framework originally came from Google, with an aim to simplify the development of its Google Suite apps. The first version came out more than ten years ago in 2009, and has grown to be one of the most widely used. It features a rich set of functions, which enables it to be easily used for a wide circle of web apps and services.
1. Very easy to customise when needed, such as features and requested fixes, which can usually be implemented over a lunch-break!
2. As this is originally from Google, it’s still very much supported, so there are regular updates, and a community able to reach out to if you’re in need of help.
3. Single Page Application (SPA) is a front and centre feature of Angular, so you could easily design a site that can work in one whole page with ease.
1. Limited SEO features, so extra time will have to be given for the project to be very visible on search engines.
2. Certain features and APIs aren’t compatible between versions, which could mean a rewrite of a project long since complete in order to have it working as intended again.
3. It has a large amount of complexity, with different methods to the same goal, so it could confuse beginners when first using the framework.
It first launched in May of 2013, and since then, it has reached version 16. Facebook uses a fork of this framework, which enables users to easily edit pages for future features of the site. This can also mean that it can be used for other uses such as timeline, chats, chatbots in Messenger, and much more.
1. Guarantees stable code, even when prototyping an app.
2. SEO-friendly so it saves time in finding a method of implementing this.
3. Renders very rapidly, so more time can be given to iterating over and over until the project is at a good pace.
1. Steep learning curve.
2. Beginners will be overwhelmed by the documentation that’s available.
3. Very large library available to use, which can confuse ordelay a project if used incorrectly.
Which one is the clear winner?
In this day and age of modular programming and different methodologies in finishing a project, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ mentality to web frameworks or programming in general anymore.
It really depends on the app that you want to build.
By Jamie Brown