Today’s web has turned quite complex. It’s why because competition has turned tough and only those succeed here which uniquely present their offerings to customers. Web now more depends on web apps than merely websites. To fuel these web applications and make their development faster and smarter, developers use frameworks which are actually libraries helping in the development and rapidly concluding web application development projects.
We have a number of web frameworks that can make web application development simpler. This post picks up the top 10 of them and explains them along with their positive and negative sides. Let’s begin.
- Quick loading time
- trouble-free testability
- Two-way data binding
- Extends HTML
- Hard to attain rich output without complete knowledge of framework.
- Router has limitations.
- It’s difficult to use directives.
- It’s a tough task to debug code.
Ruby on Rails
Ruby on Rails was released in 2004 and since then it has been providing a base to hundreds of successful web apps. Now, it has become the top most widely used web application development framework following push-based MVC architecture. It’s a general purpose framework and it allows web developers to contribute their smart codes to make it wealthier. Ruby on Rails is an open source web application development framework which means it’s available for free to be used for any size and sort of web apps. Some of its positive and negative sides are as follows:
- An excellent tool to easily build feature centric web apps
- Easily obtainable library
- Generates code with the best quality
- Provides support to Test Automation to deliver flawless apps
- Boot speed
- Some IO libraries don’t provide support to multithreading
Released in 2011 and maintained by a group of ambitious developers, EmberJS is another great open-source mobile application development framework supporting large-scale and complex web apps. The framework can be used for developing scalable, single-page web applications. It comes with a number of tools which let developers create web apps with flexible structure.
- Firm built-in router
- Easy web components
- Provides a complete development stack
- Stabile without stagnation
- When forgetting to use Getter and Setter, apps come out with bugs
CakePHP is one of the widely used platforms based on PHP. In spite of being the oldest open-source framework, CakePHP still carries enough potential to be applied at a variety of web application development projects. Apart from letting developers rapidly conclude web apps, it passes on desired interactivity with simplicity.
The new version of CakePHP 3.0 has already made its impact over the web. It’s now more powerful and effective with improved session management and ORM, enhanced migrations along with desired flexibility and faster routing, improved debugging toolbar and a set of standalone libraries.
This is the first choice of developers when there is need of finishing up an app in low budget without any compromise in quality and productivity.
- Economical way to build a web app
- Scaffolding code generation
- Rapid and flexible template system
- Trustable security management
- Based on MVC coding pattern
- One-way routing
- There is need of updating default route to create fancy URLs.
Phalcon is another PHP based framework released back in 2012. Following the MVC pattern and is delivered as the C-extension, Phalcon has succeeded to attract a number of developers building web applications. It’s the fastest one and developers are able to produce desired result quickly. It comes with a number of features such as controllers, inbuilt templates, routing controls, query language and ORM and a lot more.
- Enhanced execution speed
- Reduces the usage of resource
- Best performance
- Featured to handle extra HTTP requests reasonably
- Root/Administrative access is required
- Compiled extension
Released in 2005, Symfony is another open-source framework based on PHP. It was launched to speed up the development process of web application by deploying reusable code fragments. It allows developers to build apps with complex functionalities and robust structure.
- A single Symfony project can be managed by multiple developers
- Security limitation for the authentication of users
- Easy incorporation of advance features
- Performance testing is the core features of Symfony
- A steep learning curve
- Requires enough time for customary implementations
- Build large apps with less coding
- Safe & secure framework
- Writes easily maintainable source code
- Rapid deployment
- Coding for custom requirements is complex
- Limited access for Slivelight data.
Developers have been relying on Zend framework since its inception in 2006. It is another widely used framework to rapidly deliver end-to-end mobile and web app solutions.
- Caching sub system is quite flexible
- Extensible MVC implementation supports layouts
- Modular framework
- Extensible & easy to adapt
- Each time the script runs, shared objects are loaded
- External additional files clutter up the disk
Released in 2005, Django is also one of the most popular Python based frameworks used by web developers around the world. It follows model-view-template (MVP) architectural patterns and available for free. It is maintained by a non-profit organizations named as Django Software Foundation
- It comes with limitless valuable packages
- Documentation is rich enough to let developers easily learn and implement Django.
- Community behind Djano is supportive in every step of implementation.
Laravel has been recommended by a number of PHP developers around the world. It’s quite flexible and any developers can easily learn it, its capabilities and then apply them to scalable and complex web application developments. The inclusion of Homestead also helps developers starting with the Laravel without prior installation of the web server, PHP or any other package in a local machine.
Sofia is a digital marketing expert in Rapidsoft technologies, a prominent mobile app development company which provides iOS and android app development services across the global. She loves to write on latest mobile trends, mobile technologies, startups and enterprises