Web Development Framework Showcases

Following on from our previous post of Inspiring CMS Showoffs I thought I’d compile a list of Web Development Framework showcases.

There are a lot of web development frameworks, but the most established ones you can count on the fingers of one hand, maybe two.

Ruby On Rails

Language: Ruby

Ruby on Rails is the hugely popular framework from 37signals, that powers there many web applications, and made open source.

Working With Rails

Also: http://www.rubyonrails.org/applications


Language: PHP

CakePHP is a rapid development framework for PHP that provides an extensible architecture for developing, maintaining, and deploying applications.



Language: Ruby

Camping is a microframework for web development, by whytheluckystuff, is insanely small and incredibly powerful.



Language: PHP

Symfony is a full-stack framework, a library of cohesive classes written in PHP5. It provides an architecture, components and tools for developers to build complex web applications faster.

Although I couldn’t find a dedicated showcase, the weekly blog update usually contains a few newly launched Symphony powered sites.


Language: PHP

CodeIgniter is a powerful PHP framework with a very small footprint, built for PHP coders who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create full-featured web applications.

Code Igniter


Language: PHP

PRADO is a component-based and event-driven programming framework for developing Web applications in PHP 5.



Language: Python

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.

Django sites

There are a number of other frameworks (Fusebox, Spring, Turbo Gears to name a few) that I would have liked to include in the list but I was unable to find showcases for them. If you know of some, please let me know and I’ll update the list.

About Mubashar Iqbal

Mubashar Iqbal is the creator of Most Inspired, a web designer and developer, who has been building websites for over 13 years. You can read his blog at Mubashar Iqbal
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9 Responses to Web Development Framework Showcases

  1. ty.Gossman says:

    Awesome list Mubashar, I tried rounding up a few links for the CMS post, but it really deserved it’s own post.
    I’m sure we will get more deserving mentions here as well.

  2. VoiceHero says:

    What about Drupal? Here an excellent example http://harvardscience.harvard.edu/ . . . or here fastcompany.com ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. @voicehero: I was going to add drupal to the list, but its touts itself more as a CMS (ala WordPress, etc) than an web development framework.

    Thanks Ty.

  4. Donald Organ says:

    I highly suggest taking a look at the Andromeda Database Framework. It brings development to the next level by putting the business logic in the database, making the database do the work and let the front end be just that.


  5. victor says:

    What about popular frameworks in Java and Perl? Wicket, Stripes and Tapestry? Catalyst on the Perl side. All are equally popular. Catalyst runs games.rambler.ru which is Russia’s Yahoo.

  6. @victor: This wasn’t mean’t to be a comprehensive list of frameworks for each language, more a collection of links to showcases for those frameworks.

    Unfortunately I was unable to find showcases for many popular frameworks.

  7. mck says:

    What about Kohana? ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. trice says:

    “codeignitEr”, please, please, pleaseโ€”I don’t know where this really common and pretty nasty sounding “typo” comes from (“e” and “o” aren’t even remotely close on the keyboard).

  9. @trice: Sorry its been fixed, I don’t know many times I make that mistake, but I had right everywhere except the title ๐Ÿ™‚