Which framework should I choose for my project?

Are you new to web development, an experienced developer, or do you just want to create an online project for your business? Whatever your situation, frameworks provide a solid foundation for you to get started. They are designed to help you structure and automate your projects, from developing websites and web applications to creating complex systems. There are a number of development frameworks to choose from, so you are sure to find one that fits your needs. This is what we will help you decide on, to support you as much as possible in your project.

Choose the best framework in 4 steps

To choose the right framework for your project, it is important to know how it works, its structure, and what it is used for. This documentation will help you better understand your needs.

1. What is a framework?

By definition, a framework (sometimes referred to as a software infrastructure, development infrastructure, or application platform) is a computing tool used as a framework for building applications and systems. It consists of a set of software components. It can be used to optimise, structure and automate your code by acting as both a toolbox and a creation model. This means you can better define your web development projects and aims, simplifying the developer's work as a result by providing a turn-key architecture.

Frameworks are versatile in terms of the types of projects they are able to cover. They can create the structure of application software, web apps, software components, mobile applications and online platforms. This saves the developer time, and makes their code easier to organise.

2. What are the most well-known and commonly-used frameworks?

Each framework is generally adapted to a specific programming language. The following list is based on the type of project for which a particular framework is required. Whether you are a front-end or back-end developer with specific tasks (testing, templating, scaffolding, programming or building), there is a suitable framework for your project. Some of them will be more adapted to specific uses, such as interfaces and user experience, while others are designed for website modelling, for example.

  • jQuery

jQuery has revolutionised the way JavaScript is coded. This library simplifies modelling, animation, HTML document management, event management and much more. It offers a wide range of options for project development.

  • Angular (compatible with all of our hosting solutions)

Developed by Google, its main asset is its Model View Controller (MVC) architecture. This means you can perform visual rendering updates without having to go back to the server.

  • React

The JavaScript library for this framework is well-known for creating interactive user interfaces. You can independently update each component of your code that works separately from other sections.

  • Symfony

The Symfony framework (PHP) is a French solution. Its main advantage is its great flexibility: it is fully configurable. You can carry out all your tests with total simplicity, and create a website that closely fits your requirements and needs.

  • Ruby on Rails

As the name suggests, this framework is particularly suited to Ruby projects. Using an agile approach, it enables users to code without having to repeat tasks. By convention, development on this framework enables you to progress on your code without having to worry about your web project’s architecture, saving you time.

  • Django

This open-source framework is used worldwide for all Python-language projects. It is useful for developing a content-oriented website very quickly. It also simplifies the way you manage standard tasks when creating dynamic sites.

  • Express.js

A growing number of developers are choosing the Node.js runtime environment for their JavaScript projects. Its minimalism (few layers) still delivers uncompromised flexibility, and will help you maintain maximum efficiency when writing code.

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The list above is not exhaustive. These are the most recognised and popular frameworks and languages in their categories, and they have a large community of users. This means you can easily get help and advice for your web projects.

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3. Why use a framework?

Because of its structure, a framework offers several significant advantages for any development work.

  • More speed: The developer can focus on their work without worrying about form, because all of the technical layers are natively integrated into the framework. This saves them time on their project.
  • Optimal organisation: The framework’s architecture allows technical layers to be separated from code layers. This facilitates team development, maintenance and scalability. This way, you can reduce the risk of developers accidentally affecting each others’ work. You can also manage parallel tasks, and avoid conflicts in resource management.
  • Easier maintenance: The organisation that owns the framework is responsible for maintaining, updating and upgrading it. This will save your team valuable time, which can instead be dedicated to your activity and projects.

4. Which framework is best for different project types?

You can choose from a wide range of frameworks, and they are are adapted to several different uses and languages. To choose the best one for your project, you will need to define your web project beforehand. Depending on whether you are developing an e-commerce website, a web application, a complex system, big data and artificial intelligence, your infrastructure and resource requirements will be different.

If your goal is to develop a web application using Ruby (the programming language most suited to this type of project), it's worth getting started with Ruby on Rails.

If your company wants to create advanced event network applications in Node.js, you can get started with Express.js.

The Python language is both versatile and easy to use. You can use it to develop projects ranging from mobile applications to software platforms. If you are using Python, Django is a perfect framework for structuring your code.

As we mentioned earlier, you need to have a clear image of your project before you begin designing it. You can then choose the best programming language and framework.

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