Web Frameworks in a Nutshell
Post from January 24, 2015 (↻ June 8, 2021), filed under Web Development.
In the book, I share much of my experience architecting, developing, and maintaining web frameworks, as I’ve done for Google, Aperto, and GMX (though there we hadn’t called them frameworks). While frameworks come and go there are some principles that make them high quality, last longer, and easier to work with.
A recap taken from the book, which really is short and sweet for I didn’t set out to write an 800-page encyclopedia, as follows.
Professional web development is about quality. Quality is not easy to define, but one part of it is tailored code. External frameworks, if without customization options, are impossible to tailor for users and a pain to tailor for developers. Internal frameworks are much easier to handle and generally the way to go. Good frameworks aim for highest quality, are tailored, usable, and extensible. Framework users should follow the documentation and not overwrite framework code. Framework developers should have principles, a prototype, quality management tools, a maintenance plan, and healthy interest in documentation. And still, things can go wrong.
So much for a first impression.
I’ll keep you updated.
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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Perhaps my most comprehensive book: The Web Development Glossary (2020). With explanations and definitions for literally thousands of terms from Web Development and related fields, building on Wikipedia as well as the MDN Web Docs. Available at Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Books, and Leanpub.