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Top 10 Highly Preferred Web Application Development Frameworks

Posted on the 07 February 2019 by Finoit Labs

Top 10 Highly Preferred Web Application Development Frameworks

From a vast range of Web Application Development Frameworks, it is always difficult to choose the one framework that is best suited for the project. Mainly because they have different components, tool kit, architecture, and the level of community support that make coding easy or difficult for the web developers.

There are many web application development companies that provide multitude of web application development solutions, each using different framework for the project. Many a times you will find that companies claim to be specialized in almost every framework available in the market, which sounds like jack of all trades, master of nothing.

The best solution for the business owners is to choose a custom Web Application Development Company with specialization in a few of highly preferred web application development frameworks or else can hire web developers specific to your project.

To do that, you must know what framework would suit your project, based on which you can select a web app development company.

Here is the list of top 10 highly preferred web development frameworks, along with key details, so that you can pick the right one for your project.

Top 10 Highly Preferred Web Development Frameworks

  1. Ruby on Rails
  2. Developer (s): David Heinemeier Hansson

    Platform: Linux, Cross-platform

    Popular Applications Built with Ruby on Rails: Airbnb, SoundCloud, Square, Shopify, Zendesk, GitHub


    Since its launch in 2005, Ruby on Rails, also known as RoR has been a completely free to use, open-source framework. This server-side web application framework has default structures for database, web page, and web service. Besides, it has large and friendly developer community of 4,500 professionals.

    Key Aspects:
Use Ruby on Rails Web Framework for:
  • Building social networking sites, as it has unique range of plugins
  • Creating eCommerce sites that require site functions such as site updates, bulk uploads, custom price algorithms, and so on.
  • Being a highly scalable system, it is best for creating CMS and sites that involves a lot of content creation, uploading and management
  • Creating custom database management systems
  • AngularJS
  • Developer (s): Google

    Platform: Cross-platform


    Popular Applications Built with AngularJS: Lego, Netflix, Upwork, Intel, Sprint, ABC News

    Key Aspects: When to Choose Angularjs Framework
    • Responsive web design is required
    • Best suited for dynamic projects, which requires multitude of features and functionalities of Angular.js. Avoid it if you have small-sized project.
  • Ember.js
  • Use for creating more than 12,000 websites, this JavaScript Framework address the root problem of HTML by enabling the developers to extend HTML vocabulary for application. It is fully extensible and compatible with other libraries. It is very easy to modify or replace existing features based on the development workflow and business requirement.

    Developer (s): Ember Core Team


    Platform: Cross-platform

    Key Aspects When to Choose Ember.js Framework

    Popular Applications Built with Ember.js: LinkedIn, PlayStation Now, Apple Music, NBC News, Travis CI

    Acquired by Facebook, this open-source JavaScript web framework is used to create single-page web applications. However, it is also possible to build desktop and mobile applications in Ember. Its abstractions allow developers to give unique essence to every app, and also get the job done efficiently.

    The framework is good for creating single-page web applications, as it pulls together a numerous concept of modern JavaScript into a single bundle. Ember.js is purely a frontend framework, and it can interact with backend though, but is not recommended to use it for backend projects.

    Developer (s): Cake Software Foundation, Inc.


    Operating System: Cross-platform

    Key Aspects
    • Provides flexible database access layer
    • Powerful scaffolding system
    • Set of conventions to guide the developers
    • Built-in tools for input validation
    • CRPF protection
    • XSS prevention
    • Tampering protection
    • SQL injection prevention
    When to Choose CakePHP Framework

    Popular Applications Built with CakePHP:, Child Care Daily App, Sainsbury's Bank, Videoo, World Architects

    This open source PHP web development framework makes developing and deploying applications much easier. Based on an MVC-like architecture, it is flexible to use and easy to grasp. It is loved by web developers for strictly separating business logic from data and presentation layers.

    It is suitable for building blogs and websites, as it supports multiple languages. Although there is no default language, make sure you hire web application developer with good knowledge of Core PHP, Advanced PHP, and HTML.

    Developer (s): Andres Gutierrez and others

    Operating System: Unix, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

    Key Aspects:
    • Full stack open source framework
    • High speed compilation of requests
    • Less coding required
    • Can be used to create independent framework

    Popular Applications Built with Phalcon: DescontoCupom, Learny Online, Marchi Auto, WhichBingo, PiggyBank Online

    Description: It is a loosely coupled framework that allows different components to stick to one another, depending upon the application. It has a combination of both PHP and C and so each can be used for standalone module.

    When to Choose Phalcon Framework

    Since it is known for its exceptional compilation speed, it can used for large projects that needs to be developed quickly. However, its developer community is much smaller, so before hiring a Phalcon Development Company, check that it has web app developers with good knowledge of Model-View-Controller (MVC) and Object- Relational Modeling (ORM) can make the best out of the Phalcon based project.

    Developer (s): Zend Technologies

    Operating System: Cross-platform

    Key Aspects
    • Easy to create high quality APIs
    • Support multi databases including SQLite, PostgreSQL,
    • Flexible URI routing
    • Highly optimized for performance
    • Data encryption
    • Session management
    When to Choose Open-Source MVC Zend Framework

    Popular Applications Built with Zend: BBC, AutoTrack,, Serpro, Cisco Webex

    Description: It is a collection of PHP packages with more than 314 million installations. It has open architecture based on MVC or Middleware. The object-oriented framework stores password using bcrypt, encrypt with AES-256, and more.

    A lot of top companies like McAfee, IBM, and Magento has used it to make their website. Besides, it also suitable for creating backend applications.

    Top tech companies like Microsoft, Google, and StrikeIron have partnered with Zend to offer interfaces to web services.

    Developer (s): Microsoft

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS

    Key Aspects When to Choose Framework
    • Best suited for creating dynamic web pages based on HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript
    • Building modern web apps and web services
  • Symfony
  • Popular Applications Built with Microsoft, GoDaddy, Dell, Visual Studio, Wild Tangent

    Description: This server-side web application framework is built on the Common Language Runtime (CLR), enabling programmers to write ASP.NET core using any programming language that support .NET.

    Developer (s): SensioLabs (France), Symfony Community

    Key Features: When to use Symfony PHP Framework
    • Website and web applications
    • Apps backend
    • Back-office applications
  • Express.js
  • Operating System: Cross-platform

    Popular Applications Built with Symfony: BlaBlaCar, NatGeo Play, MeinFernbus, Spotify, Vogue (France)

    Description: With a huge set of decoupled and reusable PHP components, this framework enables the web developers to write less code and so reduce the risk of error. The list of components includes Asset, Cache, Console, Debug, Finder, Guard, and more. Over 10 million people use Symfony quarterly.

    Key Aspects
    • Vast range of HTTP utility methods and middleware
    • Integrates well with Mongo DB
    • Has support for NoSQL databases
    • Enormous community that reduce learning curve significantly
    • Supports MVC architecture (workarounds required)
    • Reduce the amount of HTML coding required
    Use Express.js Framework for Building:
    • A full stack web application rapidly
    • Mobile applications
    • Rapidly build RESTfull APIs
  • CodeIgniter
  • Developer (s): TJ Holowaychuk, StrongLoop and others

    Platform: Node.js

    Use CodeIgniter Framework for:
    • Developing full-featured web applications
    • Creating dynamic websites

    Popular Applications Built with Express.js:

    Description: This is a highly un-opinionated and minimalist web application framework for Node.js. It is the backend part of the MEAN Stack, free and open-source JavaScript software stack, which often used to build web applications and dynamic web sites.

    Developer (s): British Columbia Institute of Technology

    Popular Applications Built with CodeIgniter: Casio Computers, Creditflux, Buffer, Nissan, Bonfire

    Description: Its development pattern is based upon model-view-controller (MVC). It is widely recognized for its speed and flexibility. It is lightweight, as it requires a very small library which can be added upon dynamic requests.
    Key Aspects

    The list ends here. Hope the it helps you to select the best app development framework for your project. Besides, you can contact to Finoit Consultant team for any of your web development project.

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