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Frameworks: the new black

It’s probably no surprise to those who read this blog from time to time (when I actually post, ahem) that I’m a big fan of the concept of coding frameworks (a system of common code elements and accepted practices to speed development and ease maintenance of applications). I use Fusebox myself, but there are a ton of great open source ColdFusion frameworks out there and I definitely encourage all ColdFusion developers to check them out and find one that suits their needs.

Consequently, I was very interested to read a recent article by Mark Mandel in the Adobe Developer Center, on the topic of frameworks. Mark has taken the approach of dividing his article into three classifications of frameworks:

  • Model-View-Controller frameworks used to manage application structure and execution (Fusebox, Model-Glue, ColdBox etc);
  • dependency injection frameworks to manage ColdFusion components (ColdSpring, Lightwire); and
  • persistence frameworks or object relational mappers (ORMs such as Mark’s own project Transfer, Reactor).

What’s interesting but maybe not immediately obvious to someone new to frameworks is that a single application can make use of one framework from each of these three classifications. Mark’s article does a great job of explaining the differences between them as well as briefly going over the most popular/well-known frameworks from each grouping.

The large number of frameworks that exist, have active communities, and are being constantly developed and expanded says a great deal about the maturity and growth of the ColdFusion language.

Check it out: An Introduction to ColdFusion Frameworks