Support for PHP 7
PHP 7 have several new features and enhancements. New features are useful for developers and programmers for the performance of web applications and reduce memory consumption. Laravel and CodeIgniter both are support PHP 7. But there are some issues faced by some peoples while developing and testing CodeIgniter applications on PHP 7.
Built-in Module Functionality
Many developers and programmers used to divide their large and complex web application and web development into different number of small modules. It is useful to simplify the development and speedup development process. Laravel is designed with built-in modularity features. It enables developers to divide a project into small modules through bundle. Developer can further reuse the modules across multiple projects. CodeIgniter is not designed with built-in modularity features. User requires Modular Extension additionally to create and maintain modules.
Both the frameworks are support many of databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft Bi, and MongoDB. But CodeIgniter, unlike Laravel, additionally supports a number of databases including ORACLE, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, orientdb, and JDBC compatible. CodeIgniter supports a higher number of databases than Laravel.
Development using Database Scheme
Laravel provides database agnostic migrations feature that’s why it easier for programmers to modify and share the database schema of the application without writing complex code. CodeIgniter does not provide any specific features to simplify database schema migration.
The developer can develop database schema of the application easily by combining the database agnostic migration with the schema builder provided by Laravel.
Object Relational Mapper (ORM)
The developer can use the object-relational mapper (ORM) system to work with a variety of databases more efficiently by ActiveRecord implementation. Eloquent ORM further allows users to interact with databases directly through the specific model of individual database tables. Users can also use model for their common tasks like inserting new records and running database queries.
Built-in Template Engine
Blade template engine enables PHP programmers to optimize the performance of the web application by enhancing and manipulating views which are given by the Laravel. But CodeIgniter does not come with a built-in template engine. The developers need to integrate the framework with robust template engines like Smarty to accomplish common tasks and boost the performance of the website.
Development of REST API
Laravel provides The RESTful Controller for developing REST APIs without putting extra time and effort. The user can simply set the $restful property as true in the RESTful Controller to build custom REST APIs without writing additional code. On the other hand, CodeIgniter does not provide any specific features for development of REST APIs. The users have to write additional code to create custom REST APIs while developing web applications with CodeIgniter.
Routing features provided by Laravel enable developers to route requests in a simple yet efficient way. The programmers can take advantage of the routing feature of Laravel to define most routes for a web application n a single file. A single URI and closure are further accepts by each basic Laravel route. However, the users still have the option to register a route with the capability to respond to multiple HTTP verbs simultaneously.
Support of HTTPS
HTTPS protocol mainly uses to make the application send and receive sensitive information securely. Laravel enables programmers to define custom HTTPs routes. The developers also have the option to create a specific URL for each HTTPS route. Laravel further keeps the data transmission secure by adding https:// protocol before the URL automatically. But CodeIgniter does not support HTTPS fully.
Laravel provides The Authentication Class which makes it easier for developers to implement authentication and authorization. The extensible and customizable class further allows users to keep the web application secure by implementing comprehensive user login and keeping the routes secure with filters. CodeIgniter does not provide such built-in authentication features. The users are required to authenticate and authorize users by writing custom CodeIgniter extensions.
Laravel is useful for the developers to check the web application code thoroughly and continuously with PHPUnit. In addition to being a widely used unit testing tool, PHPUnit comes with a variety of out-of-box extensions. However, CodeIgniter does not come with any built-in unit testing tools. Hence, programmers have to use additional unit testing tools to assess the quality of application code during the development process.
Learning Period Time
Laravel provides more features and tools than CodeIgniter that’s why its take more time to learn. Additional features of Laravel make it complex. Peoples have to give their extra time to learn about Laravel than CodeIgniter. beginners find it easier for learn and use CodeIgniter within a short amount of time.