There are a lot of technologies that go into making a website a wonderful experience for your users. As a business owner, you want your sites to be dynamic, so that it interacts with them to give a fantastic experience. Of all the tech that can go into a site to achieve this goal, we would personally recommend PHP. PHP has been around for a long time, it is reliable and there are some truly awesome sites that have wowed users all over the world, literally. All this, thanks the tech wonder that is PHP.
Programming Challenges and Roadblocks
What is wonderful is always challenging. PHP programming is not easy. However, some of these challenges find their source in managing the actual code and how it interacts with other elements. In a way, the actual programming of PHP is not a tedious. It is a rewarding experience that programmers, at least genuine PHP programmers, completely enjoy. The actual roadblocks that exist in incorporating PHP in websites comes in the form of establishing access to associated databases, creating and manipulating templates and also managing multiple programming sessions.
One way to alleviate these roadblocks so as to get back to making PHP programming fun again is to use frameworks. Web site building frameworks allow the programmer to not worry about all the roadblocks we just mentioned. They are like a outsourcing agent who takes care of certain aspects of managing the code, there by granting the programmer a sense of peace. An interesting side effect of using frameworks is that they encourage code reuse. If you have been programming for a while, then you would know that being able to reuse the code is a boon indeed. That boon gets a boost from frameworks.
Choosing A PHP Framework
When choosing a PHP framework, either for your own personal use or for your team of developers who will soon embark on developing a website project, there are a few general considerations. For instance, the chosen framework must be easy to use. This is easier said than done because there are a plethora of frameworks that are available on the internet. Many of them are free, while some of them are proprietary and will require you to buy a license.
Based on our experience, we find the PHP web application framework that goes by the inventive title – Codelgniter, one of the best. We mentioned how some of the frameworks available are free, and this happens to be one of them. Making the deal a whole lot sweeter is the fact that this happens to be an open source offering. This means, the source code for the package is available for everybody to peek into, make modifications to suit their own needs.
Does that mean, the standard package is not user friendly? Far from it, it is friendlier than most frameworks that are available, paid and free ones included. In other words, one could even say that the Codelgniter is as customer ready as any other such software could be, despite being an open source software. One of the set goals of the enterprising group of open source contributors behind this project is to help programmers get their projects built faster. The software achieves this goal by making available an established, rich in features library.
The library is keeping in with the agenda of making code reusable. The interface of this framework is a delight to use. Sometimes frameworks fall victim to irony. There are supposed to help you program better. Under the hood they will have all the necessary items to get things cracking. Unfortunately, the folks behind the framework spend a lot of building a powerful framework but end up ruining everything by building an incredible stupid interface.
Great Interface With Powerful Underlying Tools
Codelgniter is not like that. Equal amount of effort has been put to both the interface as well as what goes under the skin of the framework. If you are thinking of targeting multiple platform and want to build sites with functionality of mash-up applications, then this is indeed the framework for you. A hidden aspect of Codelgniter is how far reaching is the thinking behind its designers.
The resulting code from Codelgniter is always clean, in the sense that you will be using more efficient code that is part of the library. This is nowhere more prevalent than the speed with which the framework operates. You only need to build a small web application to see how fast this framework works, while also given an opportunity to appreciate the simple and efficient code it helps you develop.