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CodeIgniter vs Grails: What are the differences?

CodeIgniter: A Fully Baked PHP Framework. CodeIgniter is a proven, agile & open PHP web application framework with a small footprint. It is powering the next generation of web apps; Grails: An Open Source, full stack, web application framework for the JVM. Grails is a framework used to build web applications with the Groovy programming language. The core framework is very extensible and there are numerous plugins available that provide easy integration of add-on features.

CodeIgniter and Grails can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Mvc" is the primary reason why developers consider CodeIgniter over the competitors, whereas "Groovy" was stated as the key factor in picking Grails.

CodeIgniter and Grails are both open source tools. It seems that CodeIgniter with 17.4K GitHub stars and 7.72K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Grails with 2.48K GitHub stars and 945 GitHub forks.

Buffer, Accenture, and Ola are some of the popular companies that use CodeIgniter, whereas Grails is used by LinkedIn, PedidosYa, and TransferWise. CodeIgniter has a broader approval, being mentioned in 261 company stacks & 105 developers stacks; compared to Grails, which is listed in 47 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

What is CodeIgniter?

CodeIgniter is a proven, agile & open PHP web application framework with a small footprint. It is powering the next generation of web apps.

What is Grails?

Grails is a framework used to build web applications with the Groovy programming language. The core framework is very extensible and there are numerous plugins available that provide easy integration of add-on features.
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    What are some alternatives to CodeIgniter and Grails?
    Laravel
    It is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.
    WordPress
    The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
    Yii
    Yii comes with: MVC, DAO/ActiveRecord, I18N/L10N, caching, authentication and role-based access control, scaffolding, testing, etc. It can reduce your development time significantly.
    Symfony
    It is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP..
    Kohana
    Kohana is an elegant, open source, and object oriented HMVC framework built using PHP5, by a team of volunteers. It aims to be swift, secure, and small.
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    Decisions about CodeIgniter and Grails
    Alex A
    Alex A
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    Grails
    Play
    Play
    Scala
    Scala
    Groovy
    Groovy
    Gradle
    Gradle

    Some may wonder why did we choose Grails ? Really good question :) We spent quite some time to evaluate what framework to go with and the battle was between Play Scala and Grails ( Groovy ). We have enough experience with both and, to be honest, I absolutely in love with Scala; however, the tipping point for us was the potential speed of development. Grails allows much faster development pace than Play , and as of right now this is the most important parameter. We might convert later though. Also, worth mentioning, by default Grails comes with Gradle as a build tool, so why change?

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    How developers use CodeIgniter and Grails
    Avatar of Megan Morsie
    Megan Morsie uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    I used CodeIgniter while working at KHM Travel Group. It was the system we used for an affiliate-based site called TravSearch, which I later replaced with a WordPress Multisite. I developed a .csv upload form to transfer all the information from the affiliate table of CodeIgniter to the user and options tables in WPMU.

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    Gorka Llona uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    CodeIgniter is the MVC framework used for the PHP coding. Also, validation criteria for (database) table fields are the provided by CodeIgniter, and signatures for others are derived from those.

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    Delbin Thomas uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    It is super easy to do things in PHP using codeigniter. Used the MVC architecture to create different types of pages and modules.

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    AfricanStockPhoto uses GrailsGrails

    All the power of the JVM, with the ease-of-use of a modern web framework.

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    Romans Malinovskis uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    Integrate with some code-igniter low-level modules through composer.

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    Endource uses GrailsGrails

    Core component of our bespoke CMS

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    Ascendify uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

    Old stack framework

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