In which we puzzle over what is a “framework”

As I move more of our website’s code to the idiom of Vue.js, I wonder how to best explain this to my colleagues. Vue is commonly referred to as a “framework”, but this is not super enlightening to a non-programmer. It can be a bit hard to explain what Vue does, because it deals in abstractions (in the computer science sense) that we generally don’t have a point of reference for unless we are already up to our eyeballs in the code.

I think that it is helpful to frame Vue as a way to organize the code and provide structure. And while that is true, it is only part of the story. More broadly, Vue provides tools that help us build with JavaScript. That’s a bit vague, though, and I’m not sure if it’s a satisfying answer for our non-programmer friends.

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