There are hundreds of framework applications available out there for any kind of programming language. Therefore, it is very easy to want to pick one of the most popular among them, but as most of you probably already know, having the most popular thing doesn’t mean having the best. Certainly, every single framework has its own advantages and disadvantages and in the end,it is up to you to decide which best fits your work style and needs. In order to best choose the framework somebody could best work with, an evaluation process is necessary.
With this in mind, I can say that one of the best ways to decide if a framework is suitable for a web developer is if it is easy to learn. There is no point in having a very capable framework if there is no way to use it easily from the start. Even if most of the frameworks on the market have a relative learning curve, I’d suggest everyone starting to use frameworks to pay attention at the add-ons that come with the system and try to evaluate the way they could implement those in their projects.
For those who are already familiar with frameworks, there are a big number of systems that offer a wide range of features and make the documentation process a lot more involved, extending the range of abilities a web developer can reach. Another important thing, for beginners mostly, is the learning and evolution of possibilities that the framework offers, which makes the volume of external resources very important along the way.
There is a library (framework) called Foundation.What makes this system very valuable is that it has its own training system with videos that can represent the base for a web developer’s seamless learning experience. Judging by versatility, there is Bootstrap, which stands alongside Foundation, offering a vast number of resources and features that gives the option to be customized before download.The versatility of these two systems can be appreciated as being extremely useful in combination with CMS or for application prototyping.
Just as important as the other evaluating methods mentioned before stands the browser support and accessibility. Even if most of the frameworks support any kind of browser, there might be some of the systems that will not support Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), for example.Other aspects to consider while choosing a framework is also the ease of installation, hosting requirements and license.
The ease of installation can be described as the time and degree of complexity a framework requires to be installed. There are many frameworks that can be installed in just a few steps. On the other hand, though, some are more time consuming and can create problems to inexperienced users. Personally, I prefer the systems, which can be used as fast as possible.
The hosting requirement part is strictly connected to every employer preferences. If the employer is willing to pay for a dedicated host, which would be ideal, frameworks such as Django, Pylons and most of non-PHP frameworks are suitable and can be used for non-traditional setups.If the client does not afford a dedicated host and opts for a shared host, I found Codeligniter, CakePHP, Kohana, Zend Framework and most other PHP frameworks proficient and relatively easy to use.
The last aspect on the list is the license, which like most of the aspects previously analyzed is crucial in choosing a framework since many of these licenses do not allow creating commercial applications.
I hope this little guide will help you choose the best framework for your website building.