Thoughts on software
I think you are answering #1 and #2 by asking #3. "If I use a framework as a library" - aha! you know what Is what.
And I think that Backbone and Rails are frameworks, as they impose developer their way to handle things.
I think that Backbone doesn't call itself a framework? Does it make it a non-framework? ;)
Hmm.. You know, I found one of definitions - just replace "Backbone.js" with "framework" in the following sentence I got form backbone's site :)>"Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions..."
This is my favorite definition (not sure where I got it from):- A library is called by your code.- A framework calls your code.Of course, within a framework you will sometimes call parts of a framework. This means that a framework is a library, but a library is not necessarily a framework.
you use a library to do some work (to authenticate, to call a service, to parse, etc...)you use a framework to structure your app.
Frameworks kinda force developers to think and do stuff as framework creators would. It is a bad thing since it limits creators creativity, but its a good thing because it makes him extra productive. I am starting not to like rails because it imposes way to many things, and it makes it hard when you don't want to play by the rules :)
I framework is a library with a bad API.
@Tartley so true :)
In my humble opinion, a framework is a library + a set of conventions
In the case of a framework, your code is called by it. In the case of a library, your code call it. Rails is a framework, and provides libraries too.
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