Application Frameworks

Standardised Software Development & Open Source

Application frameworks make developing software applications easier. An application framework is a software library that provides a standardised structure for the development of an application.

The intention of application frameworks is to reduce common issues developers face when building applications. This is achieved through the reuse of code and providing a consistent way of doing things. This consistency allows the writing of documentation for the application, Which greatly reduces the overhead of training new developers to the project. Application consistency and documentation also facilitate the emergence of vast ecosystems of third-party plug-in modules that greatly increase the functionality of the base system. Also, when frameworks become popular they experience a large growth in third-party training courses on how to achieve advanced functionality often for free.

Frameworks also offer an advantage when hiring staff. As the employer can advertise for a developer by framework, they can more likely ensure the new hire will become productive more quickly and adhere to the company programming procedures.

Open-source frameworks, which are generally community-based and free, offer an additional benefit. As their contributors are not tied to any one organisation. They are not captive to the business decisions of any one company. As a result the framework may be maintained well past commercial practicalities would normally dictate, preventing the need for a complete rewrite into a newer system.

Often it is the secondary benefits of a framework i.e. third-party code contributions, extensions, documentation & training that provide a greater benefit than the framework itself. iFactory can guide you on the correct application framework for your organisation.

iFactory has experience in a wide range of application frameworks.

Node & Express
Node.js & Express Framework

Node is a JavaScript environment built on the V8 JavaScript engine in the Google Chrome browser. Express is the most popular Node web framework. Express is a flexible Node web application framework with features perfect for web and mobile applications.

Node & Express are extremely popular, highly efficient and supported by a vast ecosystem.

iFactory Enterprise Framework
iFactory Enterprise Framework for Business Applications

iFactory has developed a common module system based upon an innovative NodeJS & Express open-source application framework. This is to deploy business web applications and tailored ERP Systems for our clients quickly and cost efficiently.

Symfony Framework

Launched in 2005, Symfony became one of the leading PHP frameworks to create professional websites and web applications. Built on top of the Symfony Components.

Laravel Framework

Laravel, launched in 2011, is a newer framework that aimed to combine the lessons learned from earlier PHP frameworks like CodeIgniter and Symfony. It is generally seen as a good starting point for developers and small businesses to embark on their first web framework. It is extremely popular and has an impressive ecosystem.

Angular Framework

Angular is a TypeScript based open-source web application framework, typically used for building single-page applications (SPA). Angular is lead by a team at Google and used on both public-facing and internal Google applications. It is generally considered to be the most sophisticated monolithic framework for building front-end JavaScript enterprise apps.

React Framework

React is a JavaScript Library backed by Facebook for building user-interfaces and single-page applications. It has a large community of developers and third-party ecosystem. React can also be used to create native mobile applications with its React Native tool-set.

Go & Hugo
Hugo Framework

Hugo is written in Go, Google’s next generation server-side language. Hugo is one of the most popular open-source static site generators. With its amazing speed and flexibility, Hugo makes building websites fun again.

If you need to serve vast amounts of static content, versioned, secure and with minimum server resources, Hugo is the tool.