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Posted 27th April 2012 | Category: Web Development |
Security is of huge importance to us, which is one of the reasons we recently undertook a large upgrade of our framework to incorporate several extra security enhancements. This involved a wholesale review of the code and a lot of meetings to come up with the best way forward. We decided to move entirely to a class-based framework which has led to many varied improvements, some of which are explained below.
The class framework itself
We originally created our own code framework to afford us total control, flexibility and knowledge of every detail. As we offer bespoke website development this allows us to amend it to suit our clients’ needs easily and with no wasted effort. When it came to moving to a class-based framework there was no question of adopting a third party solution, so we decided to migrate the best bits of our old system to a pure Object Oriented framework whilst rewriting the remaining code from the ground up.
Initially this was quite a commitment for us in terms of time, but the investment has paid off and we are recouping time as bug fixing is reduced and code re-use significantly increased. This allows us to pass development savings onto our clients and to significantly cut development timescales. Essentially, our class-based code makes it a lot easier to build functionality once and then re-use it multiple times in several different scenarios with limited changes. Read more...