PHP programmers were always on the look out for the most powerful framework at their disposal, and CodeIgniter is one of the few PHP framework that meet the much-needed tools for programmers who are willing and eager to discover something that will enhance their programming skills.
The CodeIgniter, a framework developed by EllisLab is one of the most powerful PHP framework built for PHP coders who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create a full-featured web applications. It will help developers in building dynamic websites and the most important thing is that it is an open source web application framework.
The main goal of CodeIgniter is to "enable [developers] to develop projects much faster than writing code from scratch, by providing a rich set of libraries for commonly needed tasks, as well as a simple interface and logical structure to access these libraries."
CodeIgniter released it's first version of the software on February 28, 2006, and the latest stable version 2.1.2 was released June 29, 2012.
Here are some of the most important features of CodeIgniter:
*** A framework with a small footprint.
*** Run a variety of PHP versions and configurations.
*** Requires Zero configuration.
*** A framework that does not require you to use the command line.
*** Does not require you to adhere to restrictive coding rules.
*** You need clear and thorough documentation.
*** You are not interested in large-scale monolithic libraries like PEAR.
You can now download the latest and most stable version of the framework at the official CodeIgniter Download Center.