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CodeIgniter vs Spring: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is Spring? Provides a comprehensive programming and configuration model for modern Java-based enterprise applications. A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.

CodeIgniter and Spring can be primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Mvc", "Easy setup" and "Open source" are the key factors why developers consider CodeIgniter; whereas "Java", "Open source" and "Great community" are the primary reasons why Spring is favored.

CodeIgniter and Spring are both open source tools. It seems that Spring with 30.1K GitHub stars and 19.2K forks on GitHub has more adoption than CodeIgniter with 17.4K GitHub stars and 7.71K GitHub forks.

MIT, Zillow, and Bodybuilding.com are some of the popular companies that use Spring, whereas CodeIgniter is used by Webedia, Die Coder GmbH, and Manchester.com. Spring has a broader approval, being mentioned in 316 company stacks & 179 developers stacks; compared to CodeIgniter, which is listed in 259 company stacks and 102 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 Spring?

A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.
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Laravel
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datapile uses SpringSpring

Spring is another gift rained down by the gods of Open Source Software (a.k.a. Pivotal Labs in this particular case) that just makes sense on all levels.

From Spring Boot, to SpringMVC, the configuration architecture & profile paradigm, Spring Cloud expandability, to the ease with which one can deploy Spring applets as microservices within Docker is an absolute joy.

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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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Giovanni Candido da Silva uses SpringSpring

The core of the application use Spring Stack, to provide services and structure like:

  • Persistence
  • REST
  • Email
  • Security
  • Self contained application with spring boot
  • And many others.
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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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Kang Hyeon Ku uses SpringSpring

๊ทธ๋ƒฅ ๊ฐ„๋‹จํ•œ MVC ์›น ํ”„๋ ˆ์ž„ ์›Œํฌ ์ธ์ค„ ์•Œ์•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ์ •๋ง ๋ชจ๋“ˆํ™”๊ฐ€ ์ž˜ ๋˜์žˆ๊ณ , ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜๋‹ค๋ณด๋ฉด ๊ฐœ๋ฐœ์ž์—๊ฒŒ ์ •๋ง ํŽธ๋ฆฌํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด ๋†“์•˜๋‹ค. vaildation ๋ถ€๋ถ„์€ ๋”ฐ๋กœ ์ฒ˜๋ฆฌ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ณ , ํŒŒ๋ผ๋ฏธํ„ฐ ๋‹ด๋Š” ๋ณ€์ˆ˜์™€ ๋””ํดํŠธ ๊ฐ’์„ ์ธ์ž๋กœ ์„ค์ •ํ•ด ์ฃผ๋Š” ๋ถ€๋ถ„๋„ ์ฐธ ์ข‹์€ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™๋‹ค. ๋˜ spring-data ๋Š” jpa ํ™œ์šฉํ•ด ๋น ๋ฅด๊ฒŒ ๊ฐœ๋ฐœํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ์œ ์šฉํ•˜๋‹ค.

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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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ByeongGi uses SpringSpring
  • SpringFramework ์ค‘ MVC , AOP ๋“ฑ์˜ ๋ผ์ด๋ธŒ๋Ÿฌ๋ฆฌ๋ฅผ ํ™œ์šฉํ•˜์—ฌ ์›น ์–ดํ”Œ๋ฆฌ์ผ€์ด์…˜ ํ”„๋กœ์ ํŠธ ๊ตฌ์„ฑ
  • ๊ณตํ†ต ๋กœ์ง ๊ตฌํ˜„ ๋ฐ ๋ณด์•ˆ ์ฒ˜๋ฆฌ ๊ฐ€๋Šฅ

  • Spring5์—์„œ ์ง€์›ํ•˜๋Š” ํ•จ์ˆ˜ํ˜• ํ”„๋กœ๊ทธ๋ž˜๋ฐ ๊ฒฝํ—˜ ์žˆ์Œ

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Ralic Lo uses SpringSpring

Used Spring Boot and its ORM to interacting with database server for web application development.

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Romans Malinovskis uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

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

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Ascendify uses CodeIgniterCodeIgniter

Old stack framework

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