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Exploring frameworks

What do frameworks have to offer that programming languages lack?

Rick Delgado
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Frameworks are the cutting-edge option in tech right now. But how are they taking over from traditional programming languages? In this article, Rick Delgado explains why we’ll all be using frameworks for computing in the future.

It used to be that computer programming was all about using the right language. Between systems like C, Lisp, and Pascal, programmers had their choice of specialty and format. However, the differences between programming languages have largely been fixed with increased computing power that allows systems to understand and easily move between all languages. Today, the focus is on frameworks, which tend to be more modern and forward-thinking and which can overcome many of the outdated practices of programming languages.

Frameworks are cohesive sets of library code that simplify programming in any given language, whereas language is the actual syntax and grammar of writing a code. Frameworks come with a number of advantages. While programming languages will never be completely obsolete, a growing number of programmers prefer working with frameworks and view them as the more modern and cutting-edge option for a number of reasons. The move towards framework is part of the IT transformation that will surely gather steam over the coming years.

Frameworks go deeper

Programming used to be all about getting the most you could out of code, but that practice has largely been done away with by automated code-writing systems. Today, instead of focusing on how to write an API, programmers care more about what that API can do. It’s like the difference between trying to get the correct spelling of a word versus actually understanding what the word means and how to use it in a sentence.

Since most coding is stringing together sets of APIs, programmers can focus more on the framework of the system instead of fretting over what punctuation mark to put in the middle of the code. Focusing on what the API is capable of allows programmers to push the envelope and find the cause and effects of various coding problems; it gives them more freedom to understand what is happening and how it can be manipulated to create the most effective code possible.

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Frameworks focus on the big picture

Thanks to automated systems and tutorials, having a deep knowledge of various programming languages simply isn’t as important as it once was. Mistakes can be automatically corrected through various programs that are constantly looking for coding errors. Instead of spending time going over the minute details of a code, frameworks allow programmers to think in the bigger picture. With a better understanding of what the systems and APIs are capable of and automated systems to take care of the more tedious details, programmers can put more effort into turning their programs into something bigger with more high-level features and potential.

Frameworks build strong algorithms

One of the most important parts of using a programming language is understanding the algorithms and making sure the code fits into those algorithms. However, algorithms can be limited by language because they are actually defined by the frameworks. Changing and establishing algorithms as part of the framework is much safer and more effective than trying to tinker with them as part of the language.

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Frameworks have been in development for years, meaning they are tried, tested, and true and the combination of thought and experimentation from the best programming minds.

Frameworks are the future

No matter what language they focus on, many programmers agree that frameworks are the future of coding. If code is law, programming language is the enforcer that makes sure the law is put into action, but frameworks are the systems that actually create the laws. By focusing on frameworks, programmers can have a bigger say in the future and can actually set the rules for the codes instead of simply implementing them. One the rules are set, everyone must work inside of them, so understanding framework gives users a chance to set the rules that everyone else must follow. In a fast-moving and forward-thinking programming world, being able to set some of the rules provides power and opportunity to change the game.

Although programming languages were once incredibly important, they are largely becoming outdated and unnecessary, especially when automated programs are available. Instead, focusing on frameworks and why things work the way they do will lead the way to the computing future.

 


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It’s not like we haven’t heard it before but now this seems to be the general consensus: frameworks are the next phase in the evolution of programming languages. Don’t get me wrong, programming languages’ time is not up and one cannot and should not imagine a world without them. However, the thought that frameworks could make our lives easier is not far-fetched.

Frameworks are NOT considered as a replacement for programming languages but they might just be the upgraded version. Angular, JavaFX, MicroProfile, Spring MVC, Node.js, JSF and MVC 1.0 are just a few examples of frameworks that have taken the world by storm and are constantly challenging the supremacy of programming languages. And guess what? You‘ll find them all in this issue.

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Rick Delgado
Rick Delgado is a freelance technology writer and commentator. Connect with him on Twitter @ricknotdelgaldo.

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