A software framework, in general, is a platform for constructing software applications. Frameworks integrate common resources into a single package that can be selectively customized by adding user-written code. It’s intended to serve as a support or guide for the building of something that expands the structure into something useful. A framework is similar to an application programming interface (API), though technically a framework includes an API. It serves as a foundation for programming, while an API provides access to the framework’s supporting components.
Difference between Library and Framework
Some people might think of a software framework as a collection of libraries, similar to how libraries are made up of precompiled routines.
A library is nothing more than a set of class definitions. The reason for this is simple code reuse, which means getting code that has previously been produced by others. In the framework, all of the control flow is already included, and there are a number of predefined white areas that can be filled with code. The distinction between a library and a framework is that a framework calls the code while the other does not.
Types of Frameworks
There are several framework solutions available to enable creating apps for a variety of application development disciplines easier. Some of these frameworks types are:
- Web Application Frameworks,
- Mobile Development Frameworks,
- .NET Frameworks,
- Business Frameworks,
- DataScience Frameworks,
- Reporting Frameworks,
- System infrastructure frameworks.
When is Framework used?
A framework isn’t required: it’s “only” one of the tools available to assist you in developing better and quicker. A framework assures the long-term viability of your apps. If a development team works independently, only that team will be able to easily maintain and update the program.
Solutions like frameworks make life easier for developers because it provides the tools to manage the whole development process, or at least a large portion of it, from a single platform. It’s simple to understand, consistent, implement, and uses all the best practices from the past, with the ability to evolve in the future.
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