Full Stack Frameworks: Pros of 2020

Full Stack Frameworks: Pros of 2020

In today’s modern world, everything is instant to our hands with sophisticated technologies. As the adaptability of online space proliferates, web development technologies also get mature leading to developing more complex feature-rich web apps. The advancements in technology have also raised the bar of customers in terms of an elemental online presence. Each company looks forward to working with a service provider who is well-versed with the latest web development trends and is proficient in the work that they do.

Web development frameworks support the development of web apps, websites and web resources, web services as well as web APIs. Simply put, they are nothing but libraries that help you build your web app efficiently and effortlessly.

With the market flooding with new web development frameworks every day, it can be very challenging to choose which one would be the best fit for your project. The whole process can be made very easy if the developers are well-versed with the below-mentioned web development technologies and frameworks:

Top 10 Web Development Frameworks

1. Spring- Java Framework

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Spring is one of the most renowned frameworks enterprise-grade app development using Java. The primary intent of having this framework is to ease the process of making J2EE apps. It is a back-end development framework based on Java, which enables developers to create simple, fast, flexible Java Applications. Used by many big names like Wix and Ticket Master, Spring has a rigid architecture that provides the developers with a frame for their future projects.

2. Vue.JS

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One of the most adaptive frameworks, Vue, is an advanced framework used to build outstanding user-interfaces. With a central library emphasizing on the view layer, integrating it with other libraries and preexisting projects is a piece of cake. The integration of Vue in your projects is very similar to that of Jquery, and there is no necessity whatsoever of a build step. Created by Evan You, it is a framework that focuses on component composition and declarative rendering. Moreover, Vue is an excellent choice if you want to develop a powerful SPA (Single Page Application) as it is loaded with lots of supporting libraries and modern tools.

3. Yii Framework

Logo Yii Framework | Zend

Yii is a powerful, practical, and flexible web development framework based on PHP. Yii is an acronym for Yes it is! Which stands quite an appropriate answer to the question, “Is it so amazing?”. It is a universal web-app development framework that can develop any web application. It is an excellent option for high-traffic apps and websites like E-commerce websites, portals, Content Management Systems, or any complicated web app because of its exceptional security features. Since it models the data as objects, there is no need to go on writing monotonous SQL queries and statements. It also provides many cache mechanisms like cFileCache, cDummyCache, cMemCache, thereby allowing an effortless cache app component integration. Yii is loaded with great features and comes with clear-documentation.

4. Symphony Framework

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Symphony is a feature-rich, reusable, highly flexible full-stack web development framework. It provides the developers with a complete free-hand with working on a RAD environment by giving a vivid choice of 30 components. It is based on the Model View Controller (MVC) System, which allows session management, decoupled components, and error logging and is easily maintainable. It can be effortlessly clubbed with many renowned client-side frameworks like AngularJS along with other third-party apps. It is a collection of Web App Frameworks and PHP components and boasts the two most stellar benefits, Bundles, and Components.

5. AngularJS

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Based on the comprehensive programming language- JavaScript, AngularJS is a multifaceted open-source front-end framework. With the growing fame of SPAs (Single Page Applications) Development, the popularity of AngularJS is also speeding up. Developed and maintained by Google, AngularJS helps you create dynamic web pages utilizing JavaScript and HTML. Additionally, Patterns are created in AngularJS with the help of the Declarative Paradigm to make the core easy to read and very light-weight. The need for additional getter and setter functions is eradicated by the presence of POJO, which allows object manipulation using` standard JavaScript Functionalities.

6. Rails Framework

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Ruby on Rails is a very proficient web development program developed by David Heinemeier Hansson in the year 2003. Considered as very developer-friendly, Rails is an opensource, object-oriented, general-purpose back-end development framework. Rails follow the DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) and CoC (Convention over Configuration) approach, which facilitates the building of light-weight apps and boosts flexibility. It also ensures flawless interaction with third-party apps by allowing each object to possess unique attributes. The applications are maintained to be bug-free as the developers are provided with a detailed error-log. It also supports the development of SEO friendly URLs.

7. Laravel

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One of the most fantastic PHP web frameworks, Laravel, has an exquisite and expressive structure that backs out ordinary errands, for example, authentication, sessions, storing, and steering. The main aim of the Laravel Framework is to make the process of development easy and fun. Laravel emerges as the top choice of many developers as it offers excellent performance, scalability, and features. Its unique architecture enables the developers to build customized infrastructure for their apps. It also has an integrated cloud storage system like Amazon S3 and Rack Space, along with local storage.

8. Tensor Flow

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It is a unique, open-source library for mathematical computation utilizing the data-flow graphs. Tensor Flow is exclusively used for Artificial Intelligence apps that involve a massive community with itself. Although it has a broad range of uses, it is preferred to be used in the domains of Deep Learning. With the boom in the AI and ML technologies, TensorFlow has also seen a rise in the number of users as it is the framework of the future. Artificial intelligence is perceived to takeover every field and every niche, which is a positive indication for the use of TensorFlow.

9. CakePHP

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CakePHP is a revolutionary PHP framework that simplifies the developers’ job by eliminating the need for developing an app from scratch. Its various scaffolding features, along with the swift code generation, dramatically cut down the development cost. The ability to reuse the code in CakePHP makes the web development process very rapid. Not just that, but most of the essential elements for building an application are in-built in CakePHP, which saves a lot of developers’ precious time. The availability of vivid documentation and pragmatic guides along with colossal community support is a cherry on the top.

10. MeteorJS

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MeteorJS is, hands-down, the best choice if you are looking for speedy web development as it is a full-stack web development framework, which solves both your front-end and back-end needs. It is a JavaScript framework that has an in-built collection on libraries and packages that are linked and bound together. It is an isomorphic framework that can be utilized to create a cross-platform code. It is based on MEAN stack and comprises of many components like Cordova, Communication Line Tool, CLI, Browser, and Server.


With the exponential amplification of the tech world, new web development tools and frameworks are rising every day. The competition is the market is fierce, and you need to select nothing but the best for your project. The above list can help you choose the best web development framework that fits well with the requirements of your business and help you grow manifolds.

From hysteria to reality, Risk-Based Transformation (RBT)

Risk based transformation

The digital movement is real. Consumers now possess more content at their fingertips than ever before, and it has impacted how we do business. Companies like Airbnb, Uber and Waze have disrupted typical business models, forcing established players in different industries to find ways to stay relevant in the ever-emerging digital age. This post is not about that. Well, not in the strictest sense.  There are countless articles explaining the value of being digital. On the other hand, there are very few articles about how to get there. Let’s explore how to get there together, through an approach that I have named Risk-Based Transformation. RBT’s strength is that it puts technology, application, information and business into one equation.

An approach that fits your specific needs

I’m relocating very soon, and with that comes the joys of a cross-country journey. Being the planning type, I started plotting my journey. I didn’t really know how to start, so I went to various websites to calculate drive times. I even found one that would give you a suggested route based on a number of inputs. These were great tools but they were not able to account for some of my real struggles, like how far is too far to drive with a 5- and 3-year-old.

Where are the best rest stops where we can “burn” energy — ones that have a playground or a place to run? (After being cooped up in a car for hours, getting exercise is important!) How about family- and pet-friendly places to visit along the way to break up the trip? What about the zig-zag visits we need to make to see family?

The list goes on. So while I was able to use these tools to create a route, it wasn’t one that really addressed any of the questions that were on my mind. Organizations of all sizes and across all industries are on this digital journey but often the map to get there is too broad, too generic, and doesn’t provide a clear path based on your unique needs.

A different approach is needed, one in which you can benefit from the experience of others, whilst taking the uniqueness of your business into account. Like planning a trip, it’s good to use outside views in particular to give that wider industry view; however, that’s only a piece of the puzzle. Each business has its own culture, struggles and goals that bring a unique perspective.

RBT framework

To help with this process, I have created a framework for RBT. At a high level, RBT takes into account your current technology (infrastructure), application footprint, value of the information, and risk to the business. From left to right, the least weight to the highest. This framework gives a sense as to where to where to start and where the smart spend is. See flow below:

Risk-Based Transformation

Following this left to right, you can add or remove evaluation factors to this based on your needs. Each chevron has a particular view, in a vacuum if you will, so the technology is rated based only on itself. It will gain its context as you move through each chevron. This will give you a final score. The higher the score, the higher the risk to the business.

Depending on your circumstances, you can approach it David Letterman style and take your top 10 list of transformation candidates and run it through the next logic flow (watch for a future blog on how to determine treatment methodology). Or, as we did with a client recently, you can start with your top 50 applications. The point is to get to a place that enables you to start making informed next steps that meet your needs and budget to get the most “bang” for your investment.

The idea behind this framework is to use data in the right context to present an informed view. For example, you can build your questionnaires on SharePoint or Slack or another collaboration platform that also allows the creation of dashboard views. You can build dashboards in Excel, Access, MySQL or whatever technology you’re comfortable with in order to build an informed data-driven view, evaluating risk against transformation objectives. The key is that you need to assign values to questions in order to calculate consistent measurements across the board.

Service management example

Let’s take service management as an example. Up front you would need to determine what “good” looks like, and then based on that, have questions like these below answered:

Service Management

These questions could be answered by IT support, application support, business owners, the life cycle management group, or other relevant groups. When we ran through the first iterations of this framework, we had our client fill it out first. Then we filled it out based on our data points. Our data points looked different, as it was an outsourcing client in which we owned their IT. We had the view in a vacuum of what we had both inherited, the equipment from the existing estate that had been transferred to us, and what we had newly built.

We also had access to the systems that the client did not have, as they no longer had root access to these systems. The client’s context included future plans for life cycle, as they owned life cycle management. With those combined views, we had a broader sense of the environment. This methodology could be used with business units, allowing them to give their view of these systems, which gave IT an even more rounded view because it enabled us to see how the client (business) saw their environment versus how we (IT support) saw it.

That data was then normalized to give a joint view for senior leadership. The idea is that this became a jointly owned view, backed up with data, of the way forward that IT leadership could confidently stand behind. The interesting part is although the age of the server estate was 5 – 10 years old, we realized that upgrading the infrastructure was not the smartest place to start. In fact, the actual hardware was determined to be the lowest risk. The highest risk was storage, which was quite a surprise to all.

RiskBased Transformation

A living framework

Many years ago, when you plotted your cross-country drive on your map it was based on information from a fixed time. This was the best route when I drew the line on the map. Now, personal navigation devices hooked into real-time data change that course based on current conditions. In the same way, the RBT model is a living framework; it should have regular iterations in order to have course corrections as you go forward.

The intent with this framework and thinking is to build a context that makes sense for your needs, and then present data in context that allows for better planning. That better planning should lead to a more efficient digital journey as we all continue to stay with, or ahead of, the curve.

If you have enjoyed this, look forward to my next post. There I will detail how the RBT framework is applied and the treatment buckets methodology.

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