Let’s accept the fact!
“Frameworks are a lot more than just creating a development environment.”
For a non-technical or businessperson, the framework may be just a bunch of libraries and tools that assist developers in developing applications. But trust me, it is a lot more than that. Frameworks not only provide a set of standards that allow developers to follow when developing any application but also help them master specific tools and methodologies associated with the framework to develop meaningful applications.
Given the insane variety of open-source frameworks available in the market where some frameworks are designed for presentation, some are intended for web MVC, and some are used for data processing. In such a scenario, it becomes a little tricky for the developers to have a clear list of shortlisted frameworks that they can go for without any confusion.
With this intention, we have compiled a list of 9 of the most used and accepted open-source frameworks for you. Let’s jump in to know what those frameworks are you can blindly use for your web development.
Let’s start with the presentation framework first! Bootstrap is the clear winner when it comes to the presentation of any website or application. It is one of the most starred and forked frameworks of all time on GitHub. In August, the framework turned 4-year-old and released some noticeable changes such as got more programmatic, centralized HTML resets in one module, transformed from Less to Sass, and a lot more. Due to its capabilities to boost development and performance speed, it is highly preferable by the majority of the designers today.
What makes JAVA so great is that it is fast, it is mature, brings a comprehensive class library, largest and active community, so a huge ecosystem and a lot more. It is one of the easiest options available for Java developers to build Java-based applications. To help developers reduce a large amount of Java code, Spring Boot lets developers build common boilerplate code. The only drawback of the framework is that it doesn’t allow much control to the developers. Moreover, it brings a lot of dependencies and increases deployment size.
Ever since its inception, this web platform continues to get matured and loved by a huge community of developers. One of its USPs is directives. It is a little ng- that can give life to a dead tag. It provides great flexibility to the developers to develop modern and progressive web applications while using the core concept of MVC. It helps developers to add automated user input validation without any large chunk of code. However, the framework is a little tedious to master for beginners.
For a traditional Python developer who is willing to create a web application, Django is a good-to-go option. Since it follows some of the PHP principles, it becomes easy for the developers to create even complex database-driven web applications using Django. Many popular brands have trusted Django, such as YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. It is popular for its Convention over Configuration philosophy and DRY concepts.
VueJS has quickly become one of the most popular Java frameworks among developers. Though it is technically not a framework as it is a combination of a few back-end tools. But it is exceptionally well when it comes to developing a web application. Many popular and big companies like Nintendo, GitLab, and Adobe are using Vue for developing web interfaces for their target audience. It is extensively preferred by the developers to sharpen their front-end skills because of its progressive nature.
ReactJS is one of the most renowned frameworks powered by Facebook, which was launched to help designers to create rich and flexible user interfaces. It allows developers to design an application that doesn’t require reloading the entire page to fetch specific information, which is its USPs. With its Virtual DOM, JSX syntax, and a lot more other built-in features, it is an ideal framework for the developers willing to make web development easier.
Apache Cordova is known for its capability to allow developers to define multiple deployment platforms while using a single codebase. This helps developers or organizations to deploy a single app on multiple platforms, devices, and operating systems without any manual intervention. Moreover, it allows developers to have web-based and native app functionalities integrated into a single app, which makes it a hybrid framework for developing mobile apps.