For those in server-side web development, CodeIgniter needs no introduction. However, this blog targets that part of the audience who are not well-versed with the technical aspects of software development. PHP is one of the most adopted server-level languages for developing web applications. And CodeIgniter is the second most popular PHP framework which is a close second to the Laravel framework. Or, is it? Let’s understand the features, its functionality, key takeaways, and the drawbacks of CodeIgniter in this blog.
In simple words, CodeIgniter is a PHP MVC (model view controller) framework that helps in expediting the web application development process with the help of readily available libraries for carrying out operations like, connecting to databases, managing sessions, and many more. That’s not it. The entire CodeIgniter is a mere 2 MB framework, which means it is something that can be easily mastered.
CodeIgniter is one of the most popular PHP frameworks for not just one but many reasons. Let’s see those, one after the other.
CodeIgniter framework was developed to make the web development process simpler. Hence, the modern or standard style like using the autoloader feature was not updated till the CodeIgniter 4 version.
Until the before version, namespaces were used for referencing the classes/applications. Now, this is one of the sore points. The latest feature can only locate non-namespaced or namespaced classes that adhere to the required criteria. Well, for now, it is fair to say, any existing codebase that uses namespace referencing needs to be modified.
With newer updates making their way into the latest CI versions, compatibility issues still exist leaving the developers high and dry in some situations.
CodeIgniter is an outstanding PHP framework used to build web applications that the customers simply fall in love with.
It is not just easy to use, with an ample lot of modules for building best-of-the-class web applications/ websites but it also helps in building them in a time-effective and efficient manner.