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A framework is a basic conceptual structure used to solve or address complex issues. This very broad definition has allowed the term to be used as a buzzword, especially in a software context.

Framework can also refers to mechanical structures, such as scaffolding.


[edit] Framework for the Preparation and Presentation of Financial Statements

The IASB´s Framework for IFRS.

[edit] Conceptual framework

A conceptual framework is used in research to outline possible courses of action or to present a preferred and reliable approach to an idea or thought.

[edit] Software framework

A software framework is a re-usable design for a software system (or subsystem). A software framework may include support programs, code libraries, a scripting language, or other software to help develop and glue together the different components of a software project. Various parts of the framework may be exposed through an API.

[edit] Office suite

Framework, launched in 1984, was the first office suite to run on the original IBM PC under the MS-DOS operating system.

[edit] Buzzword

The word framework is used as a buzzword, in a variety of contexts. For example, the Java collections framework is not a software framework, but a library.

[edit] Literature

The word framework is sometimes used to refer to the literary technique of the frame story or framing device.

[edit] Scaffolding

Scaffolding is a temporary framework used to support people and material in the construction or repair of buildings and other large structures.

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