Choosing a Framework

Choosing a Framework: how? when? and where?

Choosing a Framework: how? when? and where?

Framework is a very vague term and the goal of the article you’re reading is to provide you with the key criterion to single out the right technology for your digital product.

Narrow things down!

Frameworks differ extremely in languages they use (PHP, JavaScript, Python) and solutions they are used for (front-end, back-end, databases and so on). Therefore, it seems rational to undertake a small study and determine the final goal you’d like to achieve instead of targeting all tasks you probably can face. Otherwise, you risk being mired in endless complaints, difficulties and delays. Remember, adaptation is not about the framework. It's always easier to use a certain tool for a specific task than adapting one to all your needs. It's just pointless.

Dangerous times!

Never underestimate security! Any unmaintained web product may have security breaches and it is mostly up to the developer to protect the product he or she is building. Mostly, but keep in consideration that the security also depends on the policies, abilities of you and your developers to deal with security issues quickly. Priority should fall upon the object of protection, not upon the methods. Therefore, any Framework still performs higher security level in comparison with CMS making it reliable tool for your business solutions.

That's what friends are for

If there's something strange and the bugs are here, if you don’t know why has it all appeared, who you gonna call? COMMUNITY! Evolving, improving and living framework always has a strong society of developers and users behind it. As a logical consequence, such frameworks possess an impressive repository of plugins, add-ons, extensions and a lot of other download-and-use stuff (by the way it has already been tested). It is always better to adopt a tool created by a developer for his or her needs as it is most likely to satisfy other developer`s demands. The community alongside the popularity are directly linked with that support you may receive in case of emergency. Some technical issues are not always documented and the only thing you can do is to address the community or fix it yourself (think better if you’re ready for consequences). Documentation is another valuable feature community can offer. It implies a wide variety of existing literature, tutorials and videos simplifying framework’s exploitation.

Sustainability, scalability, flexibility and of course availability

Meet the Titans controlling the lifecycle of any framework. It is set in stone that a well-functioning, flexible and fine-tuned tool can keep up with your needs successfully and much longer.

Sustainability means that a framework you’re going to choose should stay stable and serve you longer. Furthermore, the long-term use of the same technology makes the maintenance and further upgrades easier as your tech stack is already adjusted only to your product.

Scalability defines the ability of the system to handle the growing number of users, tasks and traffic. Look for a framework that will surely cope with your project growth. Be broad-minded and consider the possibility to expand your business. A well-designed and supported framework will definitely satisfy this requirement and contribute to your future development.

By flexibility, we mean the ability of the framework to adapt and be integrated into the complex set of different languages and technologies used to create a product. Almost all big projects, like Facebook or Instagram, have used one language and one framework as the main tools and a number of additional technologies. The truth is simple: “divide and rule”. Usually, the architect defines the future structure of the product and decides which language and framework will become the basis for it.

Since the significant number of frameworks and other useful tools are free for public use it is a necessity to investigate and evaluate the availability of the framework you are going to adopt. This point touches upon human resources alongside software you may require while building a product. If a framework you’ve chosen is unknown to the majority of developers, it may be a huge problem to find a programmer with a necessary set of skills to work with this tool. Or it is likely to end up with an outdated and useless framework abandoned by vendors and the community.

Choose a framework thoroughly as the poor decisions are fixed painfully!

Incode is your friendly partner and adviser. If you still hesitate what framework will be more suitable for your project, ask us. We are always here to help and answer all the questions you may have.

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