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Vamshi Krishna
Vamshi Krishna

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Difference between Library and Framework

Here is major difference between library and framework

Library : Libraries provide developers with predefined functions and classes to make their work easier and boost the development process.

  • Replaceable : It is easy to replace a library with another library. For instance, if you do not like the jQuery date picker library, you can use another date picker like a bootstrap date picker or pick date.

  • Collection : Generally, libraries are a collection of helper modules, objects, classes, functions, message templates, pre-written code, etc.

  • Code Modification :Codes in libraries are geared toward a particular program or to solve a specific development problem. Therefore, developers must modify library code to meet their needs.

  • Complexity :Having a library means understanding the functionality of each method, and it isn’t easy to create complex interactions since you need to call many methods to get the desired results.

-Performance :Less code is required to build libraries, which leads to faster loading times and better performance.

-Usage : The purpose of libraries is to perform a defined and specific task. Eg: Image manipulation, network protocols, math operations, etc.

-Benefits : Good code quality, reusability, and control, enhanced speed and performance of the program, etc.

  • Example: JQuery, React JS, etc.

Framework :Framework, on the other hand, is like the foundation upon which developers build applications for specific platforms.

  • Replaceable : Frameworks are difficult to replace. If, for instance, you were using AngularJS to build your product, you cannot simply swap it out for another framework. It requires rewriting the entire codebase.

-Collection : Frameworks consist of a lot of APIs, compilers, toolsets, support programs, libraries, etc.

-Code Modification : Despite the fact that frameworks generate new codes for developers. These codes cannot be altered or modified later. Unlike libraries, frameworks do not allow users to modify their pre-written codes, so you don’t have to worry about deleting or changing them.

-Complexity : Frameworks, on the other hand, embody the basic flow, and since plugins need to be added to code, it is easier to do the right modification.

-Performance : Developing a framework requires a lot of coding, which increases loading times and decreases performance.

-Usage : Frameworks can be used for performing a wide range of tasks. Among these are Web application systems, plug-in managers, GUI systems, and so on.

-Benefits :Faster programming, support from the community, great support for MVC (Model View Controller) pattern, etc.

-*Example *: NextJS, NodeJS ,Spring, AngularJS

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