Website developers are often approached with questions about developing or improving sites on the framework. Suppose there is already such a formulated request that the site is on the framework. In that case, it means that the customer has already collected information that, for example, Django web apps, have proven to be the most reliable and flexible. Your client already has some ideas and expectations of what he will get.
Unfortunately, the collected information is a mix of facts, myths, and theses of commercial proposals, which leads to the point that customer expectations are false or overestimated.
SECLGroup will help to understand this issue and decide which framework to choose, even in the project discovery phase.
What Is a Framework?
Framework is a vast concept that is used not only in IT. But even in IT, this concept needs to be clarified. There are frameworks for layout, and there are frameworks for software logic, both server, and browser. Content management systems (CMS) also use frameworks.
They are very different. Some frameworks provide basic functionality, such as connecting to a database and creating pages, and there are frameworks without functionality. However, at least all frameworks lay down the programming language and methodology. The general purpose of the framework is to facilitate and speed up development.
There are two prominent cases when you need to use a framework:
- For some reason, CMS is unsuitable for you (you need a site under large loads or a large percentage of unique functionality).
- It is necessary to assemble a DEMO version quickly.
It is intuitively clear that the approach to development in each of these cases should be different.
It is considered that backend development is more complicated than frontend since the programmer does it without visible interface elements because he works on the site’s logic. The user does not see this area because all actions are done outside his browser and the computer. When a request is received (for example, when you press Enter during a request in the search engine), the signal is immediately sent to the server, which is processed to display further information on the screen. This is the logic of the site, consisting of three simple steps:
- sending information from the user,
- processing data on the server,
- obtaining information, and formatting the code into a readable form.
Writing a Website from Scratch Based on a Framework
In this case, the framework is a primary platform for the rest of the code.
And in this case, there is no significant difference between the different frameworks. For any reasonable programmer, it doesn’t matter what framework to use. Regarding improvements, if the hands write the site of an intelligent developer, then the framework also does not matter.
Creating Site from Ready-Made Modules Based on the Framework
In this case, the framework is an ecosystem. Each ecosystem has its modules.
When choosing a framework, you need to pay attention not to its functionality but its functionality: does it have everything you need, and does it work as required?
Yes, the question is complicated, especially for a customer not specializing in these technologies. But he does not need to choose this. Some specialists will help to decide about a framework for your website or its DEMO version.
A Few Words about Myths
In the network, you can find many discussions and disputes about which framework is better, faster, cooler, etc. In most cases, such dialogue is meaningless.
The framework does not affect any of these factors. The framework must be fast and fast. Such a code can be in a figurative sense. The same function can be written in many ways. One method may require more computing resources (and time), the other less.
In this sense, comparing frameworks is the same as comparing martial arts. It is impossible to evaluate the methodology in a vacuum, and it is possible to evaluate the level of its mastery and practical application. And if you see a case description indicating that something was done very well on a specific framework, this is likely not the framework’s merit but the programmer’s.
However, some frameworks have features that developers like very little. This is because they already have some basic functionality. It is worth reading the reviews of the developers about the framework.
How Can You Be Sure You Choose the Right Framework?
You cannot be completely confidential unless the developer is your best friend. Here are some markers you should pay attention to:
- The company promises to make a site on the framework quickly and inexpensively. Although the price is a secondary question, you can be charged for the entire program to download and install ready-made modules.
- The developer works only with one framework. Most likely, he needs to be more competent to write code independently or improve even the modules he has installed.
Be careful when choosing a developer and technical base. Do not spare time to understand the issue, and pay attention to the advice of specialists. Good luck with your projects!