A framework is a set of tools additional to a programming language, and to the respective compiler. Sometimes it is mandatory; sometime it is optional, and assists the development of an application.

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What does the Spring framework do? Should I use it? Why or why not?

So, I'm starting a brand-new project in Java, and am considering using Spring. Why am I considering Spring? Because lots of people tell me I should use Spring! Seriously, any time I've tried to get ...
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When do I need to use a framework? [closed]

I am new to web programming and at this time I am learning about PHP. I would like to know when do I need to use a PHP framework such as CakePHP? What are things that this and other similar PHP ...
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When NOT to use a framework [closed]

Today, one can find a framework for just about any language, to suit just about any project. Most modern frameworks are fairly robust (generally speaking), with hour upon hour of testing, peer ...
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What is the difference between APIs, Libraries, Runtime systems, and frameworks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Library vs. framework vs API? I am having hard times understanding what these concepts really mean. This software stack thing is very confusing. Can you please help me with ...
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When is it more productive to build your own framework than to use an existing one? [closed]

I would like to know why you decided to build your own framework in your company. By framework, I don't mean few libraries you use often. I mean a specific way of building applications on top of ...
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When should I start learning a PHP Framework

I'm a beginner programmer I have been learning PHP for a while, though not consistently. But for the past few months (say 3 months) I have been a bit consistent in my learning, largely because of a ...
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How easy should a language development framework be to use?

This is part of a series of questions which focuses on a project called the Abstraction Project, which aims to abstract the concepts used in language design in the form of a framework. Another ...
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Is structural typing in a hierarchical model necessary?

This is part of a series of questions which focuses on a project called the Abstraction Project, which aims to abstract the concepts used in language design in the form of a framework. Another ...
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After how much experience, should one start to use a framework for serious development? [closed]

Long time back, when I was reading my introductory programming books on (Basic, Pascal, C/C++), one thing that was emphasized is you can't become a professional programmer over night or over few weeks....
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Utility Functions Best Practices [closed]

Update: Most answers are about how to write a wrapping interface or what is a good wrapper around ADO. but my question is more about when to do so and when not. I never found a good rule for deciding ...
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What decent web-frameworks exists for functional programming? [closed]

I would like to do some web programming using functional programming. What decent web-frameworks exists for functional programming languages?
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Is it a good idea to do UI 100% in Javascript and provide data through an API?

My primary day job is making HTML applications. With that I mean internally used CRUD-type applications with lots of editable gridviews, textboxes, dropdowns, etc. We're currently using ASP.NET ...
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What programming language and framework has best support for agile web development? [closed]

If I would like to quickly set up a modern website, what programming language + framework has best support for this? E.g. short and easy to understand code for a beginner and a framework with support ...
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Is Entity Framework Code First a bit meaningless/useless in production and what is a good EF strategy for production?

I have been programming recently with Entity Framework 4.1 Code First and am loving it for development, but with only an end plan and a rapidly changing feature list, I am constantly modifying the ...
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Most MVC-strict php framework [closed]

I have been trying to wrap my head around MVC pattern for about 6 months.I've read tons of articles, Q&A, and blog posts about MVC and HMVC patterns, but I just simply don't get it 100%. I tried ...
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The advantages & disadvantages to be had from using a Web Framework? [closed]

This question is focused on extracting the advantages and disadvantages of using Web based Frameworks: such as Cake PHP, Zend, jQuery, ASP.NET). This question is completely language agnostic. Let me ...
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Do dependency injection frameworks pose a dependency risk?

I have been refactoring an existing system to use dependency injection, and that work has been going smoothly. After a while I noticed that a large number of in-house libraries became dependent upon ...
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Why do we have so many flavors of .NET? Is it a good thing? [closed]

There are many "flavors" of the .NET Framework: Full ("normal") Client profile subset Silverlight in web browsers "Silverlight" on Windows Phone Compact framework WinRT When C# code is needed on a ...
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What complexity do DI frameworks add?

The currently most upvoted answer to a very recent question states that DI containers are an "enterprise software" pattern, used when the object graph is very large and complex. I suspect that 95% ...
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Learning a new concept - write from scratch or use frameworks? [closed]

I have recently been trying to learn about MVVM and all of the associated concepts such as repositories, mediators, data access. I made a decision that I would not use any frameworks for this so that ...
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For a large website developed in PHP, is it necessary to have a framework? [closed]

I am wondering if it is necessary to have a framework or if it is a must-have if I plan to make a large website. Large website could mean a lot of things: in other words, multiple dynamic web pages (...
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How can I cope with every increasing/changing number of frameworks? [duplicate]

I started coding with php, mysql, html, and javascript back in 2002 and heck that is all you basically needed to create any type of website. Over the years I picked up other languages, but what turned ...
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what are callback frameworks?

I am reading Effective Java and it has the following sentence. The disadvantages of wrapper classes are few. One caveat is that wrapper classes are not suited for use in callback frameworks, ...
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Need for a framework [duplicate]

This is slightly different to most questions (trying to avoid duplicates) When would you consider not using a framework (i'm talking PHP here for websites) when does one choose pure html/css/jquery ...
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Is EF4 mature enough with MySQL or Oracle?

Is Entity Framework 4 with MySQL or Oracle mature enough to be used on production level web application? Can it provide high level of performance, or should we stick with just plain data access with ...
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Company wants to move its programs to a new framework / concept - what are options?

So there is an insurance company which wants to move long term its proprietorially written software for different insurance products to a new platform / framework / concept / something. One of the ...