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Library vs. Framework – a definition

Libraries and frameworks share a common goal. They are used to simplify common tasks in complex soft wares. Although, both of them slightly differ in the way they are implemented. They are also used by several developers (myself included) to reduce workload in projects and for developers to focus on the goal of their own projects. However, you will have to import either a library or a framework onto your device and configure it onto your IDE workspace. I do have to mention that it isn’t necessary for you to have both at the same time. Unless, some of the functions you need aren’t found in a library or framework that you’re using.

In this Web Tutorial, you will learn the definition of both libraries and frameworks, the difference between them, and which is best.

What is a library?

A library is a collection of specific functions that performs simple and small tasks.

What is a framework?

A framework is a collection of specific systematic functions that performs simple and small tasks.

So what is the difference between a library and a framework?

In technical terms, a library’s specific function/s is called by the developer while a framework, when called, manipulates the strategic workflow of the developer’s project. In a general sense, libraries are like tools that help you build your desired task. Frameworks however are like templates that will certainly give you your desired output in exchange for specific inputs. This is what we call “Inversion of Control” or IoC.

When you use libraries, you are in control of the strategic workflow of your own projects. However, when you use frameworks, the framework itself is in charge of specific parts of our projects. Therefore, we give the framework control over certain tasks in our project.

Which is better?

Both libraries and frameworks provide answers to simple and small tasks for developers. Therefore, neither of which beats the other. However, not all libraries and frameworks are available for all programming languages. Therefore, you are only limited to libraries and/or frameworks that are available for your specific programming language.

Summary

A library is a collection of specific functions that performs simple and small tasks. A framework is a collection of specific systematic functions that performs simple and small tasks. In technical terms, a library’s specific function is called by the developer while a framework, when called, manipulates the strategic workflow of the developer’s project. This is because of the programming principle known as “Inversion of Control”. However, ot all libraries and frameworks are available for all programming languages. Therefore, you are only limited to libraries and/or frameworks that are available for your specific programming language.

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