Gartner Research

Application Frameworks for the New Web

Published: 10 April 2012

ID: G00227169

Analyst(s): Danny Brian

Summary

New Web requirements impose new challenges on developers. Mobile access, social integration and programmatic interfaces are no longer optional features, and they complicate application development. As a result, Web application frameworks have evolved in different ways to support these new demands. In this assessment, Gartner compares modern Web framework paradigms and analyzes their fit for particular projects.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Analysis

  • Requirements of the New Web
    • Requirements for Modern Web Application Frameworks
  • Evolution of Web Frameworks
    • A Brief History of Dynamic Content
    • Turnkey Platforms
    • RIA and Web 2.0
    • Recent Evolution
    • Evolutionary Divergence
  • Evaluating the New Web Frameworks
  • Traditional MVC Frameworks
    • Programming Model
    • Types of Applications
    • Application Architecture
    • Maturity
    • Summary of Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Support for Evaluation Criteria
  • Convention Over Configuration Frameworks
    • Programming Model
    • Types of Applications
    • Application Architecture
    • Maturity
    • Summary of Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Support for Evaluation Criteria
  • Event-Driven Frameworks
    • Programming Model
    • Types of Applications
    • Application Architecture
    • Maturity
    • Summary of Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Support for Evaluation Criteria

Comparison

  • Embrace the New Web Requirements
  • Avoid Traditional MVC Frameworks for Most Applications
  • Adopt the Conventions of a Full-Stack CoC Framework
  • Keep a Close Eye on Event-Driven Frameworks

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

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