What is a Framework in Software Engineering?

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There is a wide range of important vocabulary to be knowledgeable of if you are a developer. If one is an engineer, you must know that a lot of the vocabulary may be difficult to comprehend completely, but “Framework” is the ideal tool.  So, what Is this special tool behind many digital platforms? Read on to find out!

Through the developing computer programming sector, a framework can be defined as a tool that enables software and system creations. Furthermore, this tool provides a foundation of sorts, so software developers can build and strengthen programs for specific platforms.

To look at the definition as a simple example, a framework may represent predefined classes and functions that process input, manage hardware devices, and exchange with system software. This process of development improves how new applications are processed, according to experienced programmers.

Did we lose you yet? Don’t give up on the explanation yet! The tool itself is an abstraction! More terms, unfortunately, but it comes with the territory.

Abstraction in computer programming is defined as the removal of spatial or temporal information, which is similar to the process of generalization (simplifies details, only leaving the most necessary) to forward the running of the system.

If you are still unsure about the explanation provided, let’s look into a better example with more mundane terms. Now, let’s imagine that you have a piece of paper (10×10) and you want to cut it in half. You would just get it done fast, right? It’s not rocket science. However, what if I told you that I wanted the paper to be more interesting, and a bit more complex? What if I told you I wanted 500 cut pieces of the same dimension?

One would approach the task with a sample piece and use that piece as an outline for the rest. This allows complete control over the consistency of the dimensions, and a faster pace to get the task complete. Surprise! This is what framework is: the process of condensing the task that needs to be consistent and providing a place for the applications to prosper with all the repetitive work finished automatically.

So, in short, frameworks are designed to save time and utilize shortcuts. It is like a library, but for the development process within software engineering. Unlike libraries though, a framework works to allow the “inversion of control over the code.” Although it may be a long process of learning and preparing a framework, the quality result outweighs the obstacles. And once you master the routine, less time is spent, and more work is being done.