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When did you get into Codeigniter?

Almost 3 years ago, I started a new job at San Diego State University which put me into the position of completely overhauling the website for the College of Business Administration. My previous web development experience was almost completely built around the Microsoft ecosystem (Visual Basic, server-side JavaScript in classic ASP, C#), but I was fortunate enough to have a broader client-server and desktop development background, some recent mobile experience (which lead me to switch to Mac OS X for my personal computer use), and a background in producing standards-compliant code even when using Microsoft's tools. I was also familiar with MVC from my last C# project and my Objective-C projects for iOS.

PHP was one of the items on the list of requirements I was given (in part because it was already widely used on campus), and fortunately I had some limited prior experience with the language (and enough past experience with learning new languages that it wasn't a major issue). I also determined that I had to use tools which were available on all 3 major platforms, so I wouldn't be stuck with anything that would only work on Windows or OS X (a good thing, too, since I've switched to Linux for my primary development machine at work). I stumbled into CodeIgniter and Bonfire when I was evaluating frameworks and liked the blend of features and flexibility the two gave me. Too many of the other frameworks available at the time appeared to dictate things I didn't think I would be able to change, like database structure (this probably wasn't the case for most of them, but it wasn't easy to tell in the time I had to evaluate frameworks).

As it stands today, I've really only built one website with CI, but I've been actively developing it or working on content on it for almost 3 years. http://cbaweb.sdsu.edu turned out to be a massive project combining over 20 existing websites and provided a number of development challenges. I'm deeply grateful to Lonnie and everyone who has ever contributed to Bonfire and CodeIgniter for providing projects which have been the foundation of my work here, and for accepting (or critiquing, as the case may be) my contributions back to those projects.

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When did you get into Codeigniter? - by haneez - 11-09-2014, 09:17 PM
RE: When did you get into Codeigniter? - by Jamie - 01-03-2015, 09:33 PM
RE: When did you get into Codeigniter? - by mwhitney - 01-08-2015, 03:43 PM

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