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10 Best Free Web Application Frameworks

10 Best Free Web Application Frameworks

A web application framework is a type of software framework that supports the development of dynamic websites, web services, and web applications. The purpose of this type of framework is to enable developers to build web applications and focus on the interesting stuff, alleviating the repetitive overhead associated with common Web development patterns. The types of core functionality common to most web application frameworks include templating systems, user session management, common interfaces to disk or database storage of cached content, and data persistence. Typically, web application frameworks also promote reusability and pluggability of components, as well as promoting code reuse, and libraries for database access.

The best application frameworks are particularly good at organising large projects, yet at the same time trying to stay out of the way, and not impose themselves on the project.

The most well-known overall design pattern of web application frameworks is the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture. A model is an object representing data or even activity, such as a database table. A view is some type of visualization of the state of the model, and a controller offers facilities to change the state of the model.

There is a wide range of web application frameworks available for Linux that are released under an open source license. To provide an insight into the software that is available, we have compiled a list of 10 high quality web application frameworks. We have selected frameworks that cover a number of programming languages including Ruby, PHP, and Python.

Now, let's explore the 10 web application frameworks at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Web Application Frameworks
Ruby on Rails MVC ruby based framework geared for web application development
CodeIgniter Powerful PHP framework with a very small footprint
Django Python framework which encourages rapid development and clean design
CakePHP MVC rapid application development framework for PHP
Zend Framework Simple, straightforward, open-source software framework for PHP 5
Yii High-performance component-based PHP framework
Pylons Python web framework emphasizing flexibility and rapid development
Catalyst Elegant MVC Web Application Framework
Symfony Full-stack framework
TurboGears Next generation TurboGears built on Pylons

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