Frameworks software is a broad definition of about eight billion different concepts, so you can imagine my distress when readers came to me asking for a list of the best offerings on this topic.
There are so many kinds of frameworks, specifically designed for so many different functions, that I can’t possibly cover the best of the best for this topic.
So, what I am going to do is list three frameworks out there that are great at what they do.
Vendo is a vending and retail-oriented framework. It offers a vast array of integrated features that make launching a product and distributing it to vendors and outlets very easy.
Vendo has simple templates, PHP headers and footers (for adding code) and customizable product variants and variations. It also has shipping rates by region, country, state (per order or by weights). That’s not all. Vendo offers CSV and API importing and reseller back-end CRM functionality.
Vendo is a little pricey, but when you look at the feature-set it has to offer, you won’t complain about the price. Plus, they offer many discounts and coupons. Vendo definitely sets the standards for vendor-oriented frameworks.
OutSystems is an IT-oriented framework based specializing in quick response times and high compatibility.
OutSystems features include visual modeling IDEs, ER Databasing, Batch and Scheduler tools, business process management, configuration management, application instrumentation tools, performance management, SOA refactoring tools, change management and version control tools.(This isn’t actually the end of the list of IT tools).
As far as boxed frameworks go, this one’s definitely up there. OutSystems is expensive, but the features I listed only scratch the surface, so trust me when I say that the price is justified.
#3 Diamonds Studio
Diamonds Studio is a framework for creating other frameworks. It is also used in the creation of SaaS solutions, or to simply ‘modernize’ webforms and design intuitive structures for service and data delivery. Diamonds Studio offers an object and forms designer. It has visual and multitask-proficiency, as well as a highly elegant IDE.
It’s a good design studio if you want to go ‘SaaS.’ I have to be honest though; don’t entirely rely on these features when it comes to design tools. In addition, Diamonds Studio doesn’t work quite as well on mobile, but no mobile IDE is entirely there yet (that’ll be the next big leap in SaaS -mobile designers for mobile platforms). Still, it’s an amazing frameworks software nonetheless.
Frameworks SaaS is a broad area that covers many different services. I have outlined 3 great examples of providers who offer specialties in these fields. Check them out and let me know what you think!