I’m sure most of you know that at one time I was heavily involved in the CodeIgniter framework but have not been in quite some time. CodeIgniter stagnated and other frameworks moved in to take it’s place. Namely Slim and Laravel. EllisLab, the company behind CodeIgniter, had lost interest in maintaining the project a long time before they finally annouced that they were looking for a new owner for the framework in July 2013. Luckily for us all, it was recently annouced that the British Columbia Institute of Technology has taken over as the new owner.
With this new owner comes new leadership and a new vision for the future of CodeIgniter. CI will continue to focus on being a simple, lightweight, yet relevant framework for modern PHP developers going forward. It will be community focused and driven by open source. I have joined on to advise on the future direction of the framework as a member of the CodeIgniter Counsel.
I personally still use CodeIgniter in many legacy applications day to day and am very excited that it will continue to be a valid option going forward. Together we can shape CI to be the framework we all wish it was.
I also want to clarify. This does not mean that I’ll stop using Slim, Laravel, Express, etc as needed. I’m a firm believer in using the best tool for the job and will definitely be using CodeIgniter when it’s the right fit. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take a step back when you’re planning a new project and choice the best framework/components/whatever for your needs. Now go make cool shit!