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Imagine building a house starting with only a pile of timber and a lump of iron, or making a bowl of spaghetti from a sack of wheat and a bag of tomatoes. The importance of having the right materials makes the idea of building products from scratch seem absurd. Similarly, any software project that doesn't take advantage of the numerous frameworks available for any manner of development activity could be wasting valuable resources and ignoring established best practices. The advantages of using frameworks are obvious to any developer who has implemented a complex, bug-ridden solution to a design problem that's already been elegantly addressed by a framework. And perhaps the most difficult design problems to get right are those concerning security. With the popularity of Web applications and services on the rise, there has been an increasing move to standardize secur... (more)