Application frameworks is a technology concerning with building and implementing reusable software artefacts. Most current application frameworks are object-oriented and often domain specific. Advocates of application frameworks claim that the technology is one of the most promising technologies supporting large-scale reuse, increasing the productivity and quality, and reducing the cost of software development. Many of them project that the next decade would be the major challenge for the development and deployment of the technology. The objective of this study is to investigate the theory and practice of application frameworks and to determine if it has made a difference in systems development. The study indicates that the technology is still immature and not yet to be another silver bullet but potential is imminent.
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