What's Your Favourite Web Development Framework?
Web development frameworks are wonderful things. They can generally help to make web development much simpler, by providing easy-to-use tools for common tasks such as database access, templates and session management. Many of them also include features to generally speed up development, such as use of a Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern, and more.
Because there are so many frameworks out there, many with similar uses, it can be difficult to choose which one to use in your web application. So here is a list of excellent frameworks that everyone should try out.
This is probably one of my favourite web development frameworks, and the first that I learned to use. CodeIgniter is an open source PHP framework developed by EllisLab. It is known for being a relatively light framework (under 4MB), while still providing tons of great features for quick and easy PHP development.
CodeIgniter uses an MVC pattern, which pretty much means that you have models that handle the site's data (the database), views that take care of what the user sees, and I'd say that the controller is the part that actually does stuff.
Zend Framework is another great PHP framework. It is open source, released under the New BSD License. Zend Framework is a use-at-will type of framework, meaning that its users aren't forced to follow any specific paradigm, providing many individual components to be integrated into web applications.
Ruby on Rails
Ruby on Rails is often considered as the web development framework for Ruby. It is designed to be used with an Agile software development methodology, which allows for rapid development by its users. Rails is another web development framework that follows an MVC pattern, and it also includes various features such as ActiveRecord (for database access), and many more.
Django is a web development framework for Python, Ruby's mortal enemy. This, again, follows the MVC architecture pattern. The main goal of Django is to simplfy the development of complex, database-driven websites. This framework emphasizes modularity (or "pluggability"), the ability for rapid application development, and tries to follow the principle of DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself).
Sinatra is another web development framework for the Ruby programming language. However, unlike most other web development frameworks, Sinatra does not follow the typical MVC pattern. Instead, Sinatra is mainly focused on "quickly creating web-applications in Ruby with minimal effort."
CakePHP is yet another web application framework for, you guessed it, PHP. It is another framework that follows the popular MVC pattern. Like Ruby on Rails, CakePHP allows for easy database access through a system similar to the active record pattern. Overall, it is an excellent framework for rapid web application development.
These are some excellent web development frameworks. Which framework is your favourite (even if it's not on this list)? Even if it's not a web development framework, let me know what you think is the best framework of all!