A Short Guide to Web Development Frameworks

Whichever programming language you choose, modern web design trends lean toward the use of a development framework to increase the pace of development, as well as to provide a flexible way for developers to work in teams. Web design has evolved from simple static pages to dynamic applications that require in-depth knowledge of the chosen web language. Two primary reasons would necessitate the use of a framework:

1.When the project is very large

A web application that requires thousands of hours writing in native code can be made easier through the use of a framework. A social network, for instance, would need a lot of code to make it run seamlessly. The use of a framework would automate some tasks for the developer, making it much easier to complete the project. In addition, frameworks contain tools that enable developers to work together easily on the same project, while concentrating on different modules as well.

2.When the website needs to be up and running in a short time

Frameworks make development faster, as in addition to task automation, many of the development processes that would need iteration are handled by the framework. For example, a framework may come with built-in authentication, such that the developer would not need to rewrite an authentication module.

Since webdesign entails the design of the user interface (front-end) and the modules that communicate back to the server (back-end), most frameworks are either front-end development frameworks or back-end development frameworks. Some back-end (server-side) development frameworks include: Laravel, Zend and Yii for PHP, Node.js and Backbone.js for Javascript, Ruby on Rails for Ruby, ASP.NET for C#, Django for Python and Spring MVC for Java. Front-end (client-side) frameworks include: Angular.js, Meteor.js and React.js for Javascript, Bootstrap, Foundation and Kickstrap for HTML, CSS and jQuery, and PhoneGap which allows development in Javascript, HTML5 and CSS

Web design frameworks are here to stay, and though there is a learning-curve to be considered in each framework, the mastery of a framework would be extremely beneficial to a developer looking to undertake serious web design.