Our Glasgow based developers here at Tentacle Solutions, would love to spend hours discussing frameworks; and do not get them started with debating the differences between frameworks and libraries. Best to steer clear of that actually..
So, what is a framework in programming terms? In simplest terms, it is best to think of a framework as a building in which specific tasks are performed or completed; everyday, all day.
Typically, frameworks are developed by experienced programmers which makes them versatile, robust, and efficient. When a Tentacle developer uses a software framework to develop applications, they can start to focus on the high-level functionality of the application they are developing. This is because any low-level functionality is taken care of by the framework itself.
In this way, software frameworks make life easier for our developers as it allows them to take control of the entire software development process. Tentacle’s own ERP platform, called ThunderBolt, is built on excellent frameworks developed by our experienced programmers based in Glasgow.
It is good to keep in mind that software frameworks are designed to be reusable. This allows developers to build platforms which makes it easy to create new applications.
A few examples of frameworks:
- Core Data framework; is the built-in iOS and MacOS framework by Apple.
- Laravel open source framework; a free PHP general-purpose open source framework.
- Phalcon; is an MVC-oriented PHP framework.
- CakePHP framework; simplifies and accelerates app development.
- Symfony framework; the most popular framework for developing websites and web apps.
- Zend framework; a set of professional PHP extensions with more than 160 million installations
- React Native Framework: a JS-framework for creating natively displayed iOS and Android apps.
- AngularJS: an open source JS framework designed to build single-page applications.