As a programming language, PHP offers programmers a convenient and easy platform on which to build advanced web-based applications. However, out of the box, the language comes with little more than basic functionality, making it slow to produce complex code and requiring more work and skill from the programmer. Resulting in the need to constantly write your own functions, redundant code within the program and poor management of reusable design templates.
PHP Frameworks – CodeIgniter, Zend, Laravel etc.
To address some of the problems with ‘vanilla’ PHP, numerous frameworks have been developed that provide a much larger range of (complex) functions out of the box, ways to split the data from the program control from the display elements and standard naming conventions to remove duplication of code.
One of the first PHP frameworks to be developed was CodeIgniter which was designed to be quick to load, secure and expandable. This popular framework is great for writing quick complex code that can run on multiple platforms (Windows as well as Unix) and serve multiple devices (Desktop, laptop, mobile etc.) with code to detect what the user is working on and change the programming or design to reflect this.
We’ve been using CodeIgniter version 2 for almost 10 years (now on version 4) and PHP for over 20 years. During this time, we’ve written applications ranging from booking systems, PDF brochure generators and E-Learning systems – through to API integrations with 3rd party systems.