There are times when for building a web application it takes a lot of time in writing the same code again and again. If there is a proper framework available it provides a starting Help and minimizes the amount of code that is required to build a website.
CodeIgniter is a PHP driven framework which is relatively based on the popular model–view–controller (MVC) development pattern. It is not a substitute for PHP. If we are using CodeIgniter it doesn’t mean we are leaving PHP behind. It is a powerful PHP framework with a very small footprint and users; it was built for developers who needed a simple yet elegant toolkit to create web applications with abundance of useful features.
This framework contains simple interface, libraries and logical structure to approach these libraries, helpers, plug-ins and some other resources that can solve the complex functions of PHP more efficiently and also help to maintain high performance. It also untangles the PHP code which results to a fully interactive and dynamic website in much less time. This framework works without any problems with the support of PHP version of 5.2.6 or newer and MySQL version 4.1 or newer. It makes web applications more booming and the code easier to maintain and easy to understand. It is a free toolkit that is light in weight and easier to install.
A person using this framework to build web applications must be familiar with PHP like its basic syntax and how it interacts with database and HTML.
If a company developing a web application using CodeIgnitor controller classes are an essential part for the development whereas models and views are optional. This framework can be also altered to use Hierarchical Model View Controller (HMVC) which permits the developers to sustain a modular grouping of Controller, Models and View that are arranged in a sub-directory format. This framework is mostly known for its speed in comparison to other PHP frameworks.
The source code for this frameworks version 3.0 and up is maintained at GitHub.It is certified with an open source software license with MIT. Versions of CodeIgniter before the version 3.0.0 were licensed under a proprietary Apache/BSD-style open source license.
CodeIgniter was created by Ellis Lab and is now a project of the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
CodeIgnitor is beneficial for the following reasons: