Top 10 Frameworks for Web Applications


Web Application Framework or simply “web framework” is a software framework that is designed to support the development of web applications including web services, web resources and web APIs. Frameworks are, in short, libraries that help you develop your application faster and smarter!

Nowadays, the number of Web Frameworks have increased greatly. To help you pickup the most suitable one for your Web Application, we have compiled a list of 10 best frameworks available online, in your preferred language.

  1. Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails is an extremely productive web application framework written by David Heinemeier Hansson. One can develop an application at least ten times faster with Rails than a typical Java framework. Moreover, Rails includes everything needed to create a database-driven web application, using the Model-View-Controller pattern.

 Language : Ruby

Latest Version : Rails 5.0.0.beta2

Framework Link: http://rubyonrails.org

Github Link : https://github.com/rails/rails

Websites using Rails : GroupOn , UrbanDictionary , AirBnb , Shopify , Github

  1. Django

Django is another framework that helps in building quality web applications. It was invented to meet fast-moving newsroom deadlines, while satisfying the tough requirements of experienced Web developers. Django developers say the applications are it’s ridiculously fast, secure, scalable and versatile.

Language : Python

Latest Version : Django 1.9.2

Framework Link: https://www.djangoproject.com

Github Link : https://github.com/django/django

Websites using Django : Disqus , Pinterest , Instagram , Quora

  1. Angular JS

Angular JS is a framework by Google (originally developed by Misko Hevery and Adam Abrons) which helps us in building powerful Web Apps. It is a framework to build large scale and high performance web application while keeping them as easy-to-maintain. There are a huge number of web apps that are built with Angular JS and can be found here https://www.madewithangular.com

Language : JavaScript

Latest Version : Angular JS 1.5.0

Framework Link: https://www.angularjs.org/

Github Link : https://github.com/angular/angular.js

Websites using AngularJS : Youtube on PS3 , Weather , Netflix

  1. ASP.NET

ASP.NET is a framework developed by Microsoft, which helps us to build robust web applications for PC, as well as mobile devices. It is a high performance and lightweight framework for building Web Applications using .NET.  All in all, a framework with Power, Productivity and Speed.

Language : C#

Latest Version : ASP.NET 5 (ASP.NET Core 1.0)

Framework Link: http://www.asp.net/

Websites using ASP.NET : GettyImages , TacoBell , StackOverflow


Meteor or MeteorJS is another framework which gives one a radically simpler way to build realtime mobile and web apps. It allows for rapid prototyping and produces cross-platform (Web, Android, iOS) code. Its cloud platform, Galaxy, greatly simplifies deployment, scaling, and monitoring.

Language : JavaScript

Latest Version : Meteor 1.2.1

Framework Link: https://www.meteor.com/

Github Link : https://github.com/meteor/meteor

Websites using Meteor : HaggleMateWishPool , Telescope

  1. Laravel

Laravel is a framework created by Taylor Otwell in 2011 and like all other modern frameworks, it also follows the MVC architectural pattern. Laravel values Elegance, Simplicity, and Readability. One can rightaway start learning and developing Laravel with Laracasts which has hundreds of tutorials in it.

Language : PHP

Latest Version : Laravel 5.2

Framework Link: https://laravel.com/

Github Link : https://github.com/laravel/laravel

Websites using Laravel : Deltanet Travel , Neighbourhood Lender

  1. Express

Express or Expressjs is a minimal and flexible framework that provides a robust set of features for web and mobile applications. It is relatively minimal meaning many features are available as plugins. Express facilitates rapid development of Node.js based Web applications. Express is also one major component of the MEAN software bundle.

Language : JavaScript

Framework Link: http://expressjs.com/

Github Link : https://github.com/strongloop/express

Websites using Express : Storify , Myspace , LearnBoost

  1. Spring

Spring, developed by Pivotal Software, is the most popular application development framework for enterprise Java. Myriads of developers around the globe use Spring to create high performance and robust Web apps. Spring helps in creating simple, portable, fast and flexible JVM-based systems and applications.

Language : Java

Latest Version : Spring 4.3.0

Framework Link: http://projects.spring.io/spring-framework/

Github Link : https://github.com/spring-projects/spring-framework

Websites using Spring : Mascus, Allocine

  1. PLAY

Play is one of the modern web application framework written in Java and Scala. It  follows the MVC architecture and aims to optimize developer productivity by using convention over configuration, hot code reloading and display of errors in the browser. Play quotes itself as “The High Velocity Web Framework”

Language : Scala and Java

Latest Version : Play 2.4.6

Framework Link: https://www.playframework.com/

Github Link : https://github.com/playframework/playframework

Websites using PLAY : LinkedIn, Coursera, LendUp

  1. CodeIgniter

 CodeIgniter, developed by EllisLab, is a famous web application framework to build dynamic websites. It is loosely based on MVC architecture since Controller classes are necessary but models and views are optional. CodeIgnitor promises with exceptional performance, nearly zero configuration and no large-scale monolithic libraries.
Language : PHP

Latest Version : CodeIgnitor 3.0.4

Framework Link: https://codeigniter.com/

Github Link : https://github.com/EllisLab/CodeIgniter

Websites using CodeIgnitor : Bufferapp, The Mail and Guardian

Apart from these 10 frameworks, others like Symphony , Ember.js, Sails.js are also worth mentioning. Which framework would you prefer for your Web Application and why? Let us know in the comment section below.


Article By Harshit Gupta:
Kolkata based Harshit Gupta is an active blogger having keen interest in writing about current affairs, technical Blogs, stories, and personal life experiences. Besides passionate about writing, he also loves coding and dancing. Currently studying at IIEST, he is an active blog contributor at geeksforgeeks. 

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