Posted on October 22nd, 2020 in Eleven Fifty Academy

Let’s just make one thing clear: coding can be a lot of work. Whether it’s a small-scale software patch, or creating an application from the ground up, there are going to be a ton of tasks, frustrations, and sometimes tedious work that goes into the final project. But programming is also about the old adage, “Work smarter, not harder,” and a prime example of that approach is with the use of frameworks for programming.

Frameworks are the starting ground for many successful coding teams. These development platforms feature libraries of bundled code, software modeling, APIs, and a host of other elements that make the programming process much faster and more efficient. Let’s take a look at the types of software frameworks, some popular framework examples, and how these can turn a tough programming job into a more productive and overall more enjoyable experience. 

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What is the Purpose of a Framework? 

Framework platforms are extremely dynamic and feature tons of helpful tools that help developers get work done, not just quicker, but better. Each framework is based around a specific coding language, such as Java, Python, C+, or PHP, and essentially creates a blueprint for developing in that style. These can be used for both front-end and back-end development (.NET is a popular one for software development, and it’s the one we use for our software development bootcamps), in standalone applications and web development (the favorite here is JavaScript, which is why we use it in our web development bootcamps). While each type of software framework platform has its own unique features, they also share some provide some common benefits:

1. Makes coding easier and efficient

Coding can be a very repetitive process. Using frameworks alleviates that, thanks libraries of bundled code based on the parameters of the given programming language. In addition to saving time, it also reduces the risk of code errors, as well as makes code blocks shorter. In turn, this means less time maintaining and testing it on the backend.

2. Data is more secure

When developing outside of a framework environment, programmers are responsible for protecting data from cyberattacks. Because frameworks are protected by robust security software, that burden is taken off of the programmer. In turn, developers are able to work with larger clients that may have stringent security requirements for their data. 

3. Open source code creates conversation

Most software frameworks are open source, meaning they’re both free to use and have non-restrictive licensing, allowing developers to create at the commercial level. The open source factor also creates online communities, where users post code examples, assist in troubleshooting for others, and generally help the program to continuously improve.

4. Integrates and connects across databases

Frameworks use APIs to easily connect with any number of databases and third-party tools. This means they can be used to increase efficiency in any programming setup.  

5. They allow programmers to do what they do best

Programmers are exceptionally good at creative problem solving, as well as thinking about technology from a big-picture point of view. However, getting weighed down in the minutia of coding takes time away from solving the read problem at hand. With frameworks, developers don’t have to fret over semicolon placement or building their own APIs; frameworks allow programmers to visualize and orchestrate more advanced tactics.

Frameworks vs Libraries: An Important Distinction

Sometimes the terms “framework” and “library” are used interchangeably. While both have bundled, prepackaged code, it’s inaccurate to say the two are the same. When using a code library, the programmer is “calling” the code, meaning they have full control and responsibility over where code goes and how it all works together. But when programming in a framework environment, the programmer is told where to plug in code by the framework application itself. This a concept known as Inversion of Control, and with this kind of blueprint in place, frameworks help to reduce bugs, make testing easier, reduce server usage, and overall provide a more dynamic programming experience.

As an analogy, using a code library is like purchasing a mechanic’s manual, toolkit, and set of auto parts in order to build a car; while you have the necessary components, ultimately the final product is 100% your responsibility. Frameworks, on the other hand, is like going to a car manufacturer’s website, selecting a model, and then deciding things like color, stereo, and safety features. This might be a bit of an oversimplification, but the point is that while libraries and frameworks get used interchangeably, the latter requires much less labor and reduces risks of breakdowns. 

Frameworks Help Eleven Fifty Grads Dream Big

When programmers aren’t weighed down by tedious coding tasks, they’re much freer to conceptualize the bigger picture of a tech product. While the popularity of frameworks may have cut out the need for hyper-specific mastery of programming languages, it also has opened up avenues for creative thought and thinking about products at a higher level. However, in order to do so, programmers still need a robust and intimate understanding of how development works. At Eleven Fifty Academy, we can help you get there in only a few short months. Whether you’re looking to up your existing coding knowledge, or start from scratch, there is the coding bootcamp right for you.

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