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What is Django?

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

What is Laravel?

It is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.

What is Symfony?

It is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP..
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What are some alternatives to Django, Laravel, and Symfony?
Flask
Flask is intended for getting started very quickly and was developed with best intentions in mind.
Node.js
Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
Rails
Rails is a web-application framework that includes everything needed to create database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern.
PHP
Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.
WordPress
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
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Tim Abbott
Tim Abbott
Founder at Zulip · | 10 upvotes · 110.9K views
atZulipZulip
Django
Django
Django REST framework
Django REST framework

Zulip has been powered by Django since the very early days of its development with Django 1.4, back in 2012. As a reasonably mature web application with significant scale, we're at the stage in many companies' development where one starts to rip out more and more of the web framework to optimize things or just make them work the way we want. (E.g. while I was at Dropbox in early 2016, we discovered we only had about 600 lines of code left from the original Pylons framework that actually ran).

One of the things that has been really fantastic about Django is that we're still happily using it for the vast majority of code in the project, and every time Django comes out with a new release, I read the changelog and get excited about several improvements that actually make my life better. While Django has made some design decisions that I don't agree with (e.g. I'm not a fan of Django REST framework, and think it makes life more difficult), Django also makes it easy to do your own thing, which we've done to great effect (see the linked article for details on our has_request_variables framework).

Overall I think we've gotten a ton of value out of Python and Django and would recommend it to anyone starting a new full-featured web application project today.

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Node.js
Node.js
JavaScript
JavaScript
Django
Django
Python
Python

Django or NodeJS? Hi, I’m thinking about which software I should use for my web-app. What about Node.js or Django for the back-end? I want to create an online preparation course for the final school exams in my country. At the beginning for maths. The course should contain tutorials and a lot of exercises of different types. E.g. multiple choice, user text/number input and drawing tasks. The exercises should change (different levels) with the learning progress. Wrong questions should asked again with different numbers. I also want a score system and statistics. So far, I have got only limited web development skills. (some HTML, CSS, Bootstrap and Wordpress). I don’t know JavaScript or Python.

Possible pros for Python / Django: - easy syntax, easier to learn for me as a beginner - fast development, earlier release - libraries for mathematical and scientific computation

Possible pros for JavaScript / Node.js: - great performance, better choice for real time applications: user should get the answer for a question quickly

Which software would you use in my case? Are my arguments for Python/NodeJS right? Which kind of database would you use?

Thank you for your answer!

Node.js JavaScript Django Python

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Laravel
Laravel

I use Laravel because it has integrated unit testing that making TDD a breeze. Having a View (Blade engine) making me easier to work without too many efforts in front-end.

I do recommend going into the root of programming once getting stable on any framework. Go beyond Symfony, go beyond PHP, go into the roots to the mother of programming; c++, c, smalltalk, erlang OTP. Understand the fundamental principle of abstraction.

A framework is just a framework, it helps in getting feedback quickly; like practicing dancing in front of a mirror. Getting fundamentals right is the one true key in doing it right. Programming is not hard, but abstract-programming is extremely hard.

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David Block
David Block
Owner/Developer · | 4 upvotes · 511 views
atNorth Creek Consulting, Inc.North Creek Consulting, Inc.
Laravel
Laravel

I use Laravel because once a client asked me to use it, I recognized that as a solo programmer, I could go from idea to basic website in under an hour. Add one of the app builder templates and the basic design is done for me as well (I use AdminLTE). Lead management means a simple database and some basic workflow - that is where you should be spending your effort. Laravel is well-enough designed that you can plug in a few basic web pages, a simple set of object models, and some Controllers that hold your business logic - and then you iterate on the pages (the UI) and the business logic until your requirements are met. If you are a stickler or have corporate CSS standards, they can be implemented easily enough. And the community is huge and friendly.

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David Block
David Block
Owner/Developer · | 9 upvotes · 10.9K views
atNorth Creek Consulting, Inc.North Creek Consulting, Inc.
Laravel
Laravel

I use Laravel because once a client asked me to use it, I recognized that as a solo programmer, I could go from idea to basic website in under an hour. Add one of the app builder templates and the basic design is done for me as well (I use AdminLTE). Lead management means a simple database and some basic workflow - that is where you should be spending your effort. Laravel is well-enough designed that you can plug in a few basic web pages, a simple set of object models, and some Controllers that hold your business logic - and then you iterate on the pages (the UI) and the business logic until your requirements are met. If you are a stickler or have corporate CSS standards, they can be implemented easily enough. And the community is huge and friendly.

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Jason Martin
Jason Martin
Senior PHP Developer at Orange · | 14 upvotes · 65.9K views
Laravel
Laravel
MySQL
MySQL
Debian
Debian

For your purposes, I recommend @Laravel, or even @Symfony or @Yii, or whatever. In your use case, a framework is 100% indicated, because it will cut your boilerplate in half or more, and you'll have a pre-fab organization for files, classes and so on. Personally, I am not a fan of Frameworks, because they tend to take over your project like cancer and trap you. But for an internal app to manage stuff, it's probably the best idea to use one (preferably one you like).

When doing internal apps, your best bet is to stick the essentials and basics, try Laravel with MySQL on a nice Debian virtual machine. Can't go wrong.

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Tanner Naeher
Tanner Naeher
owner, designer, developer at Coyote6 GraphX · | 3 upvotes · 363 views
Laravel
Laravel

If you are going to build from scratch use Laravel, because it is a little easier to learn than Symfony. They have a bunch of great videos to help you along the way. If you know Drupal 8 already, that is built on Symfony and you can harness the backend, but it is going to have a steeper learning curve. On the plus side you can take advantage of all its features. I wouldn't recommend building without a type of framework. Thousands of man hours have gone into those things for a reason. I started learning Symfony w/o Drupal but lost interest once I found out how much easier Laravel was. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, laravel actually uses part of symfony in its code. I like the blade template system better than twig is a big factor in deciding as well. They are both very similar, but blade is closer to native PHP which makes it a little easier to learn.

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Ahmet Ertem
Ahmet Ertem
Full Stack Developer · | 5 upvotes · 517 views
Laravel
Laravel

I use Laravel because right now it's really hard to find someone using native PHP without a framework. Also learning a framework easier than native for newcomers. Also; I was not supporting frameworks before but after start developing a core with one I saw i can find many new people for the projects.

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Jigar Dhulla
Jigar Dhulla
Senior Application Developer at Endurance International Group · | 2 upvotes · 267 views
Laravel
Laravel

I use Laravel because you don't have to re-invent the wheel when compared to core PHP. We can focus directly on business logic. And the little learning curve for Laravel is worth it. Can't really compare with Laravel with Symfony as I haven't worked with Symfony yet. My suggestion would be to pick one and stick to it. If at all you have to move to other, it should be easy. Last thing I would like to add is that there are more people around who knows Laravel compared to PHP, may be that's why I started with Laravel.

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Benjamin Bernard-Bouissières
Benjamin Bernard-Bouissières
Web Developer at ipexia · | 11 upvotes · 141K views
atipexiaipexia
Django
Django
Python
Python
Symfony
Symfony
PythonAnywhere
PythonAnywhere
Namecheap
Namecheap

I really love Django because it is really fast to create a web application from scratch and it has a lot a facilities like the ORM or the Admin module ! The Python language is really easy to read and powerful, that's why I prefer Django over Symfony.

I use Django at work to make tools for the technicians but I also use it for me to build my personal website which I host on PythonAnywhere, and with a domain name bought on Namecheap.

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Michael Mota
Michael Mota
Founder at AlterEstate · | 4 upvotes · 3.2K views
Django
Django
GraphQL
GraphQL
Graphene
Graphene
Next.js
Next.js

I've been using Django for quite a long time and in my opinion I would never switch from it. My company is currently using Django with REST framework and a part in GraphQL using Graphene. On the frontend we use Next.js and so far everything has been running quite good. I've found limitations but manage to solve it.

As someone mentioned before, if you are comfortable with Django, don't switch. There's no need since with django you can basically achieve anything. Of course this will depend on the project you want to build, but the scalability and flexibility django can offer it's just out of this world. (Don't want to sound like a fan boy haha but it really is).

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Node.js
Node.js
Laravel
Laravel
PHP
PHP
React
React
Vue.js
Vue.js

I want to create a video sharing service like Youtube, which users can use to upload and watch videos. I prefer to use Vue.js for front-end. What do you suggest for the back-end? Node.js or Laravel ( PHP ) I need a good performance with high speed, and the most important thing is the ability to handle user's requests if the site's traffic increases. I want to create an algorithm that users who watch others videos earn points (randomly but in clear context) If you have anything else to improve, please let me know. For eg: If you prefer React to Vue.js. Thanks in advance

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Node.js
Node.js
Java
Java
Spring Boot
Spring Boot
Python
Python
Flask
Flask
Django
Django

Since you said that your middleware will be accessing DB and expose API, you can go with Node.js. It will make your development fast and easy. Suppose in future you will add some business logic you can choose Java with Spring Boot or Python with Flask / Django. NOTE: Language or framework doesn't matter. Choose based on your programming knowledge.

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George Krachtopoulos
George Krachtopoulos
GraphQL
GraphQL
MongoDB
MongoDB
PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL
MySQL
MySQL
Node.js
Node.js
React
React
Django
Django

I would like to build a medium to large scale app, that has real-time operations and a good authentication system and a secure and fast API. Should I use Django with React only? Or maybe use Django for the API, Node.js for real-time operations and React for the frontend? Any suggestions? Which database should I use with those technologies? Should I use both MySQL / PostgreSQL and MongoDB together? Should I use only MongoDB or MySQL / PostgreSQL? Or is it better to go with both MySQL and PostgreSQL at the same time? Should I use also GraphQL?

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George Krachtopoulos
George Krachtopoulos
GraphQL
GraphQL
React
React
Node.js
Node.js
MongoDB
MongoDB
Django
Django
Python
Python
PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL

Hello everyone,

Well, I want to build a large-scale project, but I do not know which ORDBMS to choose. The app should handle real-time operations, not chatting, but things like future scheduling or reminders. It should be also really secure, fast and easy to use. And last but not least, should I use them both. I mean PostgreSQL with Python / Django and MongoDB with Node.js? Or would it be better to use PostgreSQL with Node.js?

*The project is going to use React for the front-end and GraphQL is going to be used for the API.

Thank you all. Any answer or advice would be really helpful!

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Reviews of Django, Laravel, and Symfony
Review ofLaravelLaravel

I moved from .NET and Rails to Laravel, and since then never thought to go back. I feel Laravel framework has the capability to overcome all modern frameworks.

At Soft Pyramid we are developing rich business applications using Laravel Framework, and never feel any limitation even for complex reporting.We have written REST apis, complex ERP solutions and found awsome in all areas.

How developers use Django, Laravel, and Symfony
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shridhardalavi uses SymfonySymfony

Symfony is a set of PHP Components, a Web Application framework, a Philosophy, and a Community — all working together in harmony A framework is a collection of universal, reusable programs that accomplish particular tasks to facilitate the development of software applications. A framework is a pledge of quality, upgradability and maintainability of applications at lower cost. Applications developed using a framework are interoperable with market standards.

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MOKA Analytics uses DjangoDjango

Django takes the hassle out of building an enterprise web application using Python.

  • admin app for administration
  • ORM for deploying against different database vendors
  • social auth package for authentication with enterprise IdP
  • guardian package for authorization
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Yaakov Gesher uses DjangoDjango

Our backend was written in Django. We took advantage of the ready-to-go admin interface as a go-to solution for the client to be able to authorize his users, as well as other functionality, while most of the work was done through the Django Rest Framework.

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Blair Gemmer uses DjangoDjango

Hands down the best Python web framework I've used. Very easy to extend and add apps and go from 0 to full project quickly and painlessly. I built a fully authenticated project with a single endpoint in less than 30 minutes.

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BrightMachine uses LaravelLaravel

The best PHP framework right now, intuitive and growing up quickly.

We use Laravel in the outer layer of our Clean Architecture codebases, whereby the domain model does not rely on the framework as a whole.

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Kent Steiner uses LaravelLaravel

See "PHP", I don't really choose to use it, but I can step in and operate in Laravel when necessary. Same goes for quite a few other PHP frameworks, including my own full-featured proprietary stack.

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Nicholas Alexander uses LaravelLaravel

An excellent PHP framework employing SOLID principles to rapidly develop web-site systems and connect them to databases. Custom development of admin screens for website management.

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Doug Bromley uses LaravelLaravel

A clean, easy to understand, well documented framework with excellent tools and a great community providing every imaginable extension to add functionality to your project.

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Kang Hyeon Ku uses DjangoDjango

정말 편리하고 많은것을 알아서 제공해 주는 프레임워크 이다. 책의 예제만 진행해서 많이 써보지는 못했지만, 쉽게 쉽게 웹을 개발 할 수 있는 점이 매력적 이다. 게다가 orm 이 기본으로 내장 되어 있고 db 도 sqlite 가 기본으로 되어있어. 그냥 django 만 설치하면 바로 웹개발이 가능하다.

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Jake Taylor uses LaravelLaravel

Laravel is the PHP framework we use. It speeds up development and simplifies a lot of PHP. Complicated at first but saves time once you're comfortable with it.

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Seungkwon Park uses DjangoDjango

django는 저의 무기입니다.

django 이외에 flask로 간단한 restful api를 만들면서 느낀점은 framework 보다 언어가 중요하다는것을 알았고 django가 얼마나 큰 framework인지 알게되었습니다.

저는 signal 사용을 좋아합니다.

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Hevelop uses SymfonySymfony

We developed our ERP with Symfony, then we use this framework and its components in e-commerce customization.

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Hilenium uses SymfonySymfony

The RESTful backend for Hilenium was built using the Symfony2 framework.

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Oliver Stark uses SymfonySymfony

Solid components backed by a great community and visionary company (sensio labs).

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Massimo Floris uses SymfonySymfony

Back-end Framework, data model implementation, Database interactions.

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