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Are Frameworks the Future for All Programming?

The Reasons Programming Languages Are Giving Way to Frameworks

In the past developers built websites and applications by using CMSs, or content management systems. These systems were built for the creation and modification of digital content. CMSs are still used by many developers and are the most efficient way to code in certain situations. However, CMS has slowly, but surely, given way to frameworks.

Even if you have never built a website using a framework, some of the most famous ones are likely familiar. Django, Bootstrap, and Ruby on Rails have become part of the general lexicon in web design. Web frameworks have gained popularity for their ease of use and as they become more robust, they are replacing some of the programming pieces once thought to be building blocks of web development.

Does this shift have any meaning or importance beyond the scope of back-end web development? Let’s find out!

What Is a Framework?

A web framework also called an application framework, is the house in which a web application is built. The web framework defines the walls, floors, and roof of your web application, and even provides some of the house rules. Within these outer structures, programmers can construct unique interiors.

While this is obviously a metaphor, it shows why many developers are choosing to work with frameworks. Instead of rewriting lines of code that someone else already set down and perfected, a programmer can focus on specific aspects of a project. To continue the example, web development can be about designing rooms, furniture, staircases, and appliances. As this is often the more complex and interesting part of programming, it doesn’t take much convincing for a web developer to see how frameworks are beneficial.

A web framework can also be considered a template for programming. It includes all of the code that is necessary and repeated for every project but leaves blanks for aspects of a project that will change each time. This can save a web developer a great deal of time, but the drawback is frameworks rarely have user interfaces. This means all of the revisions and work must be done within the code itself.


How Are Frameworks Different from a Language?

Individuals outside programming and web development often confuse coding languages and application frameworks. It is understandable because the two are inexplicably linked, but they are not the same. A coding language is a vocabulary and set of grammatical rules that tell a computer what tasks to perform. A programming language involves syntax, grammar, and semantics. This isn’t unlike a spoken language, but the rules are more finite.

In contrast, an application framework is a library of one coding language arranged into an organizational structure. This means a single coding language will build a framework. For example, Django is built by the programming language Python. Therefore, many developers are simply shifting from starting with just a language to utilizing a framework and adding more code, of the same language, to it.


What Are the Benefits of a Framework?

Application frameworks offer a number of benefits for programmers and your business. While only the programmer will know or experience most of these benefits directly, the outcome is a better application, website, and functionality for users. A stronger website will improve your business. So what are the benefits?

Frameworks are efficient, which is why they were developed in the first place. In programming, a great deal of boilerplate code is included in every application. This code is necessary to make the application functional, but repetitive. As explained, frameworks save programmers a massive amount of time because there is no need to rewrite this code.

Instead, programmers are able to load a framework and immediately start customizing for unique aspects of the project. All of the time saved in programming becomes cost savings to clients and leads to earlier delivery of a project.

Second, frameworks are more secure than other ways forms of programming. When you write code from scratch, it has only been tested by one individual or a small team of developers. This is not the case with frameworks. Many developers worked to create the framework, and overtime, it was tested by a number of different people. When a developer uses an established framework, such as Django, it is more likely that security risks were already addressed. As well, if a new security risk is discovered, it can be fixed quickly.

Third, there are far fewer opportunities for mistakes when a developer starts with a framework, instead of programming language or CMS. When something does go wrong, there are fewer places to check for a problem. In a profession that is driven by the conflicting demands of speed and detail, this is a huge advantage for developers.


We Love to Work with Frameworks

At Nixa, we love to work with frameworks such as Django and Bootstrap when building a website, project, or program. Because of this, we offer better turn around times and a safer program to our customers. However, we recognize that there are limitations to starting with a framework, and our skilled programmers adapt in these situations. Find out how our impressive programming services at Nixa can make a difference for your business.


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