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As a programmer, do you need to learn a framework to get a job in the industry?

As a programmer, do you need to learn a framework to get a job in the industry?

Often, the biggest point of contention between experienced programmers is over the best language in which to write code. Should you learn Python for web development or Ruby? Do you need to know Swift to program well for newer devices, like smartphones? However, learning and knowing a programming language is only part of the picture to be a high-level developer. In modern programming, frameworks are equally critical to coding success.

Now, I have a quick question. Do you really need a framework to get a job as a software developer? To be very honest, the answer is not necessarily. But you really should if you want to build really cool and amazing things. To answer the above question more in-depth, how about we understand what a framework is, and why knowing one (or two) is how you will get ahead in the industry.

 

Programming Framework: Definition

We can easily think frameworks of as tools for automating coding processes. In earlier times, writing software meant using all of your knowledge of a particular programming language to make the most out of the code itself. It made sense for developers to master the complexity of pointers, functions, and scope, since the quality of the code itself depended on doing the right thing. However, in modern programming, most of this work is done via automation to speed up the development process.

This is where frameworks play an important role. In simple terms, a framework offers a prepackaged set of previously developed solutions to solve common coding problems. The major benefit of using one is probably obvious to you already - why waste time trying to code an answer to a problem yourself when a ready-made solution already exists? Frameworks used with the most popular programming languages are constantly being updated by their community of developers. This means the tools and solutions the framework offers you are constantly growing to meet new programming challenges.

While the team that initially created a language generates some frameworks, 3rd party frameworks are much more common in the developer world. These also include some categories of frameworks, which are ideal for specific use cases, such as:

  • Front-End Frameworks
  • The term front-end is used to describe the client-side part of the application. Essentially, it’s what’s executed in the user’s browser, as opposed to the back end, which is handled on a server. Front-end frameworks allow developers to use technologies, such as HTML or JavaScript, to create applications with user experiences as rich as desktop apps.
  • Web (Back-End) Frameworks
  • In contrast to front-end frameworks, web frameworks (or back-end frameworks) help developers build web applications - also known as dynamic websites. These frameworks use a programming language to interact with a database and then create the final content that is ported to the user.
  • Development (Mobile) Frameworks
  • Just like they sound, mobile development frameworks are geared specifically toward apps and games developed for a mobile environment. Because of the unique challenges of mobile development (scaling to different devices or screen sizes), creating a dedicated mobile framework was a no brainer as mobile development continues to emerge as a major player in the future.

 

Why You Should Learn A Framework To Land A Programming Job?

Now that you know a bit more about what frameworks are and what they can help you do, let’s answer the initial question - while you could theoretically get a programming job without knowing a framework, here’s why knowing them can make that much easier:

  • You Can Work More Quickly
  • Especially for companies putting together big development teams, having to wait for a single programmer to reach a milestone before development progresses is a non-starter. Frameworks let you keep up with the pace of everyone else.
  • You Can use Coding Best Practices
  • Since frameworks exist to solve common coding or development problems for a specific language, they are, by nature, designed to use best practices for development. This helps you avoid common bugs and pitfalls that might reflect badly on you.
  • You Can Get The Most Out Of Your Programming Language
  • Because frameworks allow you to work quickly and avoid coding hassles, your time and energy are freed up to actually write code - and thus make the most out of whatever language you are using.
  • Frameworks Can Shrink Your Learning Curve
  • Frameworks exist to automate processes and problem-solving, which reduces the amount of content you need to add to your coding class plan. This lets you become more experienced with the language by spending your time building things, instead of solely completing tutorials.

 

Conclusion

The best way to learn anything quickly is by practice. Learn the basics in the shortest possible time, take a problem, start forming designs and codes. You'd be amazed at what you learnt in a short time once you've pulled it off on your own. Frameworks provide you with a bundle of features and closely correlated libraries to do things in an easy and more elegant way. So learning a framework requires you to know what the framework provides, what it is all about? Once you know that and you are smart enough to actually form your problems into pieces that you can fit with the framework, you'll be able to answer all questions related to that framework. If you already know a framework, it is not too hard to learn another, and it doesn't take too much at all. All you need to do is map the components of the framework you are learning now to the ones you already know. If it is your first framework, then you have to practice hard, actually code one or two applications before you can call yourself a ninja in that framework.

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