Difference between Pattern, Design Pattern and Framework

The terms Pattern, Design Pattern and Framework are most often used interchangeably. However, these terms are not identical and there is a logical difference among their definitions. Here it goes:


A pattern is a way of doing something, or a way of pursuing intent. This idea applies to cooking, making fireworks, developing software, and to any other craft. It is a solution to a problem in a context. Patterns are classified into 1) Design Pattern, 2) Architectural Pattern, 3) Macro – Architecture, 4) Micro – Architecture, 5) Idioms or Coding Patterns, 6) Language Paradigms etc.

Design Pattern:

Design pattern is a category of patterns that deals with object oriented software. They represent solutions to problems that arise when developing software within a particular context. Design pattern captures the static and dynamic structure and collaboration among key participants in software designs. They can be used across different domains.


Framework is made up of group of concrete classes which can be directly implemented on an existing platform. Frameworks are written in programming languages. It is a large entity comprising of several design patterns. Frameworks are concerned with specific application domain e.g. database, web application etc.

Above definition very much clarifies the difference among three. A design pattern is a type of pattern and is more like a concept, whereas a framework is something already coded to be used repetitively.

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