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web development framework (WDF)

Contributor(s): Geoff Bock and Melanie Luna

A web development framework is a set of resources and tools for software developers to build and manage web applications, web services and websites.

Such a framework includes templating capabilities for presenting information within a browser, the programming environment for scripting the flow of information and the application programming interfaces (APIs) for accessing underlying data resources. The framework also provides the foundations and system-level services for software developers to build a content management system (CMS) for managing digital information on the Web. Developers can use the framework to define the 'out-of-the-box' content management capabilities, user authentication features, and administrative tools. 

A web development framework can be built upon a pre-defined infrastructure such as the Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP) stack.Once defined and implemented the core CMS features and functions can be difficult to modify.

This was last updated in January 2013

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