What is Framework?
Since they are often built, tested, and optimized by several experienced software engineers and programmers, software frameworks are versatile, robust, and efficient.
Using a software framework to develop applications lets you focus on the high-level functionality of the application. This is because any low-level functionality is taken care of by the framework itself.
Difference between a Library and a Framework:
Some may take to be true that a software framework is a getting together of libraries, just as libraries are a group of functions or methods. However, this is not true, as not all software frameworks use or be dependent on libraries.
Curl is a library in PHP. When you use one of the curl functions, the PHP code calls that particular function in the curl library. Your code is the caller, and the library code is the callee.
When you use a PHP framework, such as Laravel, the relationship gets inverted, and so the software framework calls the application code written in the framework. This is technically known as Inversion of Control (IoC).
How to choose a Web Framework:
- Usage Context
- Software Pattern
- Learning Curve
- DB Abstraction and ORM
- Unit Testing
- The Community
- Bug Fixes/ Updates
Advantages of using Frameworks:
- Speedy development
- Reliability and security
- Reduced errors
- Simplified maintenance
- Better performance
Features that makes Laravel stand out:
- Authorization and Object-oriented techniques
- Artisan – CLI interface
- MVC Architecture
- Database migrations
- Blade templating engine
- Automatic package discovery
Laravel’s comparison with other popular frameworks:
Laravel – Usage Statistics:
We know of 645,082 live websites using Laravel and an additional 675,925 sites that used Laravel historically and 11,525 websites in India.
Some popular websites developed using Laravel are :