Codeigniter vs Laravel

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With more than four years of experience with Codeigniter PHP framework, we believe that learning, setting up and working on it is all pretty easy. Even our junior developers are able to inculcate the skills necessary for scheduled delivery, from a business standpoint, which is lucrative.

Over time, though we realised that perhaps a PHP framework that is modern with a lot more flexibility in terms of a structured coding pattern with scope for applications that we deliver to perform better is required. In a nutshell, this is the reason behind the switchover to Laravel PHP framework.

Laravel is an open-source PHP web application framework based on MVC architecture. The framework was created and maintained by Taylor Otwell since June 2011. The security feature of Laravel is prompt in taking appropriate action as and when there is a breach in security. The syntax patterns of Laravel are expressive and elegant. The reason behind the rapid emergence of this framework are:

Modular packaging with composer based dependency manager.

Class autoloader.

Eloquent ORM, the advanced active-record-pattern implementation

Query builder as an alternative to Eloquent ORM, for direct access to the database.

Support for database platforms including MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLServer.

RESTFul state control over controller methods.

Blade templating engine, simple yet flexible.

Rapid automation with the inbuilt authentication mechanism, caching mechanism, powerful routing features, and session control.

IO component to handle requests and responses.

Artisan command-d along with sample codes line interface.

Unit testing support.

Great documentation.

The documentation of Laravel is detailed and along with sample codes, it’s easier to learn the technology. There are quite a few other successful PHP frameworks that the developers have been using over the years, like Codeigniter, CakePHP, Zend, Yii, Symfony and many more. Each of these frameworks has a reputation and have established themselves in the industry. The question is, why should we then even consider Laravel?

Well, the intention is not to compare frameworks and find out which one is better. Rather, the focus is on the circumstances that would cause a PHP developer or a web development firm to move to a different PHP framework platform like Laravel.

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