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July 11, 2016updated 07 Feb 2017 4:34pm

What is a framework?

Find out what distinguishes a software framework from a library.

By James Nunns

A framework is a set structure in which tasks are performed or completed.

Typically, a framework refers to an often layered structure that indicates what kind of programs can or should be built and how they would connect to each other.

Basically, a framework works as a kind of support structure for something to be built on top of.

A software framework is an abstraction in which software that provides generic functionality, can be selectively changed by additional user-written code, this provides application specific software.

Software frameworks are designed to be universal, and reusable to provide functionality as part of a larger software platform, this then facilitates the development of software applications, products, and solutions.

Put simply, a software framework should serve the purpose of making it easy to create new software.

 

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