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Choosing a PHP Framework Round 2: Yii vs Kohana vs CodeIgniter

It was over a year ago that I wrote the article that compares CodeIgniter and Kohana. Since then both CodeIgniter and Kohana have seen major progress with the release of CodeIgniter 1.7.0 and Kohana 2.3.

In December 2008, a new PHP framework called Yii has been released to the public with a stable 1.0. There were a lot of new PHP framework released in 2008, but Yii was one of the more recognised ones because:

Before I start this round of comparison, let me briefly list my experience with these frameworks, so you may interpret this article with your own judgement.

CodeIgniter: I started using CodeIgniter since its version 1.2.x from a few years ago. During the past few years I have worked on projects mainly using version 1.5.x and 1.6.x. I have now stopped using CodeIgniter in favour of using other PHP 5 only frameworks.

Kohana: I first started using Kohana when it was called BlueFlame back when it was first forked out of CodeIgniter. Since then I have lurked and participated in the Kohana community. All of my recent projects are done in Kohana.

Yii: The 1.0 release of Yii had my attention, but I didn’t really dive into it until about now. However, most of my impressions on Yii are based on its documentation and this article by Daniel.

Let’s see how they compare with each other.

Same notes as before: Grading scale: Limited < Fair < Good < Excellent. If a feature is not available in the distributed package, but is available via 3rd party libraries, I will state that in the comparison. If a feature is available both in the distributed package and via 3rd party libraries, only the official one will get assessed.

Software releases used for this comparison are:

CodeIgniter 1.7.1
Kohana 2.3.1
Yii 1.0.3


CodeIgniter Good

CI uses a modified, generally regarded as more restrict, BSD/Apache-style license.

Kohana Excellent

Kohana uses a new BSD license.

Yii Excellent

Yii uses a new BSD license.

PHP Compatibility


PHP >= 4.3.2 (including all versions of PHP 5)

At first glance, it seems that CI has the edge because it supports both PHP 4 and PHP 5. However, if you are familiar with OOP then you would know that a lot of compromises had to be made in order to offer PHP 4 support. This is one of the primary reasons some developers including myself avoid to use CodeIgniter.

Even if you decided to use CodeIgniter, I still strongly recommend you build your application using PHP 5 and proper OOP techniques.


PHP >= 5.2.3


PHP >= 5.1.0

Supported Databases

CodeIgniter Excellent

  • MySQL
  • MySQLi
  • PostgreSQL
  • Oracle
  • SQLite
  • ODBC

Kohana Good

  • MySQL
  • MySQLi
  • PostgreSQL
  • PDOSqlite

*Note: Kohana devs have decided long ago NOT to use PDO. Kohana 3.0 is planned to offer support for PDO.

Yii Excellent

All the DBMS supported by PDO (PHP Data Object).

* Note: Support for Active Record is limited by DBMS. Currently, only the following DBMS are supported:

  • MySQL 4.1 or later
  • PostgreSQL 7.3 or later
  • SQLite 2 and 3


CodeIgniter Excellent

CodeIgniter is blessed with a strong, active community that is friendly and helpful. CodeIgniter offers a forum, a bug tracker and a wiki.

Kohana Good

Kohana has a small but elite community. It offers a forum, Trac and IRC.

Yii Good

Yii is the youngest of the three, therefore has the smallest community, it is however growing rapidly as the framework itself gains more attention. Yii offers a forum, a project hosted at Google Code and a documentation section that supports user comments.

Documentation / User Guide

CodeIgniter Excellent

CodeIgniter is known for its excellent documentation. Its user guide is comprehensive, easy to follow and up-to-date. Every release of the framework contains a copy of the user guide too, in case you are maintaining more than one version of CodeIgniter applications.

Kohana Good

Kohana’s documentation has been improved since my last article. It now has coverage for most aspect of the framework. However, some parts of the documentation are out of date and sometimes incorrect.

I’ve been using Kohana for a long time now and I found the documentation sufficient and very helpful. It may not have the fine layout found in CodeIgniter’s user guide, but it certainly helps me track down features and usages.

Yii Fair

The documentation of Yii seems to be fairly well constructed even though I haven’t started using Yii. All new features or changed features are carefully documented so you know what is going on with the specific version of Yii you use. The API documentation is also very useful thanks to the fully documented code base. However, many features at this stage are not documented in the guide, you need to go through the API or the code base itself.

Tutorial / Sample Availability

CodeIgniter Good

CodeIgniter has a dedicated wiki page for all the tutorials, and you can dig around their forums to find more.

Kohana Good

Kohana has a dedicated page for tutorials, but is out-of-date. It also hosts a learning centre which unfortunately has not been updated since September 2008. You can still head over to their forums to find useful tutorials though.

Yii Good

Yii has a cookbook section that contains a selection of tutorials. As always, check their forums to find more.


All three frameworks use the MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture.

CodeIgniter Yes

Apart from the standard MVC architecture, CodeIgniter also offers libraries, plugins, helpers and hooks.

Kohana Yes

Apart from the standard MVC architecture, Kohana also offers modules, events, libraries, helpers and hooks.

Yii Yes

Apart from the standard MVC architecture, Yii also offers components, modules, extensions, view widgets and helpers *.

* Helpers are undocumented but are referenced in the guide and in the API. All of the helpers can be found in the utils folder under the main framework directory.


CodeIgniter via 3rd party libraries

CodeIgniter does not support modules out-of-box, but you may use 3rd party libraries such as HMVC or Matchbox to achieve similar effect.

Kohana Excellent

Kohana not only offers modules, but also has cascading file system which takes modularity to a higher level.

Yii Good

Yii 1.0.3 has added support for modules.


Unlike CakePHP, all three frameworks offer flexible conventions. There are some defaults but most of them can be overwritten or configured.


CodeIgniter Good

CodeIgniter has a fairly good configuration system.

Kohana Excellent

Kohana has an exceptionally well configuration system.

Quoted from the guide: The file structure of config files follows Kohana’s file structure. Meaning that configuration files in the application directory take precedence over those in modules which take precedence over those in the system directory. The one exception is config.php which is hardcoded into the application/config directory and cannot be moved elsewhere.

Yii Good

Yii has a fairly good configuration system.

Database Abstraction and ORM

Definitions: Database Abstraction, ORM

CodeIgniter Good

CodeIgniter has a very powerful database class. It offers query builders as well as database manipulation classes, however it has no built-in ORM support.

One important thing that needs clarification is that even though CodeIgniter has Active Record, it is NOT the same Active Record pattern people commonly refer to. CodeIgniter’s Active Record is merely a collection of query builders.

For ORM, please check out IgnitedRecord and DataMapper. Interestingly enough, despite their naming, IgnitedRecord uses the Data Mapper pattern and DataMapper uses the Active Record pattern.

Kohana Good

The most notable time saver during my project development has to be the ORM. Kohana offers a lightweight but useful ORM implementation. It’s not as sophisticated as the Rails Active Record module, but it does the job quite well. I especially love the ease of updating many-to-many records.

Yii Good

Yii has a more complex syntax for declaring model relationships than Kohana. However, it also offers more powerful features such as named scope, albeit the syntax is nowhere near as clean as Ruby on Rails’.

Auth and ACL

CodeIgniter via 3rd party libraries

CodeIgniter has a couple of 3rd party Auth and ACL libraries, please head over to their forums to find more.

Kohana Good

Kohana has a built-in Auth module and a number of 3rd party Auth and ACL libraries including my Authlite.

* A more complete Auth + ACL solution is being cooked for the 2.4 release. Check out Samsoir’s replies in this thread.

Yii Excellent

Yii has built-in support for both authentication and authorisation. As I have no first hand experience with Yii yet, I can only judge this feature from the documentation, by the look of it it’s fairly easy to use and flexible enough for most systems.


CodeIgniter Excellent

CodeIgniter’s form validation library.

Kohana Excellent

Kohana’s validation library.

Yii Excellent

Yii’s validation usage. All of the system validators can be found in the validators directory under the main framework directory.


CodeIgniter Limited

CodeIgniter only supports basic file system based page caching.

Kohana Good

Kohana offers a slightly more useful cache library that supports file, SQLite, APC, eAccelerator, memcache, and XCache based caching, with tag support.

Yii Good

Similar to Kohana’s implementation, Yii supports memcache, APC, XCache and DB based (default to SQLite) page and segment caching.


CodeIgniter Good

CodeIgniter’s session class is fairly good, it supports database storing as well as handling flash data.

Kohana Good

Similarly to CodeIgniter, Kohana also offers a very good session library.

Yii Excellent

Yii provides a much more powerful and flexible session class. Unfortunately session at this stage is undocumented in the guide. Flash data is not part of the session classes but part of the Auth package.

Logging / Debugging

CodeIgniter Good

CodeIgniter has a basic error handling class and a profiler class.

Kohana Excellent

Kohana has a good logging class as well as a more flexible profiler.

Yii Excellent

Yii has a logging/profiling class that is just as powerful and flexible as Kohana’s.


All three frameworks encourage the use of native PHP for templating.

CodeIgniter alternative syntax available

CodeIgniter also provides an alternative template parser class.

Kohana alternative syntax available via 3rd party libraries

Kohana has no built-in alternative template syntax support. However, you can find some 3rd party ones such as Temper.

Yii alternative syntax available

Yii also provides an alternative template syntax borrowed from Prado.


Helpers are usually libraries that used for simple, repetitive tasks.

CodeIgniter Excellent

CodeIgniter offers 21 built-in helpers.

Kohana Excellent

Kohana offers 19 built-in helpers.

Yii Limited

Yii offers 6 built-in helpers.

Bundled JavaScript Library

Bundling JavaScript does NOT mean you have to use the bundled JavaScript. In fact, I encourage the use of unobtrusive JavaScript than using the bundled classes.

CodeIgniter None

CodeIgniter has no bundled JavaScript library.

Kohana None

Kohana has no bundled JavaScript library.

Yii jQuery

Yii has jQuery bundled, and it provides a number of useful classes such as auto-complete.

Web Services

I recommend integrating Zend Framework for web service uses.

CodeIgniter Limited

CodeIgniter has an XML-RPC class.

Kohana None

Kohana has no built-in support for any web services.

Yii Limited

Yii has SOAP support.


CodeIgniter Limited

CodeIgniter provides a basic language class.

Kohana Fair

Kohana provides basic locale and language support.

Yii Good

Yii provides a more complete i18n class.

Unit Testing

I recommend using SimpleTest or PHPUnit for your unit test needs.

CodeIgniter Limited

CodeIgniter has a very basic unit testing class.

Kohana None

Kohana has no built-in unit testing support in the distributed release version (v2.3.1). However, a unit test module can be found in SVN trunk.

Yii None

Yii has no built-in unit testing support.

The Verdict

Verdict from round 1: There is no right or wrong in which framework you use, everyone has his own taste. For me, CodeIgniter’s excellent documentation and Kohana’s strict PHP5 + easy to use are the primary reasons to choose them over say, CakePHP and Symfony. That said, CakePHP, Symfony and other frameworks are all excellent choices depending on your taste and experience. On one hand I envy the Ruby community because they obviously have the de facto framework to work with, on another hand, we have more options hey? :)

At this stage I can’t comment on Yii, but I am very tempted to developing at least one project using it. So far I am reasonably impressed by the features it offers. :)

Do you have anything to say about the frameworks? Found mistakes in the article? Start the discussion in the comments! :)

Update log


- Added Kohana Auth/ACL and DB PDO references.


- Kohana unit test module and template parser reference.
- Wording and other minor tweaks.
- Initial post.

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  1. 1

    I currently use my own custom framework that is built on top of CodeIgniter 1.6.3 (with zero modifications to the CI distribution). I’ve been evaluating Kohana as the next major progression of my framework, and had an initial working version, but I’m waiting on v3.x to make the switch since it’ll bring tons of changes over the current v2.x codebase, and I don’t want to have to migrate twice. Going to check out Yii now…. who knows, maybe it’ll take the place of Kohana for me. :-)

  2. 2

    There is a Kohana module that provides templating – check out Temper in Kohana projects. You can extend it with your one tags.

  3. 3

    I would add that Kohana does have a unit testing module in the SVN repository but it isn’t distributed with the standard download builds. The unit testing module performs all the basic testing requirements, but of course being Kohana you can extend it to your own needs.

  4. 4

    Kohana has a unit test module in SVN

  5. 5

    Kohana ftw! \o/

  6. 7

    Thats funny… I could have sworn that there were a bunch of web frameworks for ruby… (A quick google turns up a bunch of lists of them, here is 7: )

  7. 8

    @coolfactor: Yeah, I’m doing the same, but on top of Kohana. :)

    @Howie: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Sam & spirit: Thanks for the heads up, I actually know the unit testing module is in SVN. I opted to include the ones only in the distribution though. I’ll update the post anyway. :)

    @Martin: Well, yes and no. A good developer should know when and where to use the right tool.

    @SeanJA: Yes, there are many Ruby frameworks, but Rails is still the dominant player in the field. There is no equivalent PHP framework that has this status.

  8. 9

    I’ve tried all 3. YII’s lack of tutorials really turned me off and wasn’t quick to get a simple project off the ground from what I remember. I’ve been really playing with Kohana, it just seem much nicer than the rest to deal with. I do wish there were more tutorials, but the one (Kohana 101) is pretty good.

  9. 10

    The Yii’s benchmark is extremely unfair. It’s like comparing the noise a scooter makes, to the noise of a Harley Davidson. Sure it’s going to be quieter, but I sure as hell know which one I’d rather drive. Plus the code looks messy and uncommented. The documentation looks nice though, and I like the ability to comment on it.

  10. 11

    Thank you for the informative review.

    I find that CodeIgniter’s lack of features is largely made up by the large community surrounding it. CI may not have a built-in auth class or ORM library, but there are many to choose from out there, giving CI more of a community-development feel (just like Kohana!).

    What I look for in a framework is a small, flexible footprint with the ability to easily add plugins and extensions. I do wish CI had an official extension repository like WordPress where developers could go to add features to the framework on-the-fly.

  11. 12

    How can a framework be delivered without test suites to test its core, to make sure its quality or its compatibility on user environment. I wish Kohana provide it just like Ruby on Rails does.

  12. 14

    Well, I’m using Yii and I can’t tell there is lack of information on it. Yes, there is no hundreds of tutorials, but it has excellent documentation and very active support. I don’t remember when I asked a question and got an answer in more than 3-4 hours. I’m using it for the large application and it suites me completely :)

  13. 15

    Hi there,

    I’ve used codeigniter, kohana and yii for the last year or two, so i thought i’d share some of my insights too.

    If i need something done right away, I would use Kohana. I know where everything is, and how everything’s done. Kohana’s cascading filesystem is very flexible when it comes to configuration and modules, to the point where it’s almost like it’s an analogy for OOP. Your base configuration is used unless overwritten by your custom ones.

    I have been struggling, but slowly getting through yii. Kohana’s closer to CodeIgniter, but yii takes some getting use to, especially coming from CI heritage. It’s a journey of discoveries. I’ll be working on a Kohana project, thinking, it’d be cool if I had this. I’d look through yii, and lo and behold, it’d be there.

    Example: How to restrict access to particular actions of your yii controller.
    Step 1: Use the accessControl filter

    in your controller, put:

    public function filters(){
    return array('accessControl');

    Step 2: Define access rules (note: this is convention over configuration. they assume you know to put this method in so the accessControl filter would know where to look.)

    public function accessRules(){

    return array(
    array('allow', 'actions'=>array('list', 'show', 'captcha'), 'users'=>array('*'),),
    array('allow', 'users'=>array('@'),),

    I agree with you totally. There is a LOT of good things in yii, and that’s my motivation for learning it. Because it’s autoloaded, there are lots of little things you can put into the core code without slowing down the code. This is both its strength and its weakness; the more extraneous classes they sneak in, the more bloated the documentation will become. Ruby on Rails became famous with its “convention over configuration”, and yii is heading towards that direction too. But this will only help the people who already know or follow the convention. Without good documentation (ie. not a class list), yii’s learning curve will remain high enough to discourage people from joining the community.

  14. 17

    Symfony is strictly PHP5 too. It has been since the very beginning. And it has excellent documentation.

  15. Sheriff McLawDog

    Thanks for the interesting post.

    I’ve just started using CodeIgniter recently and I’ve loved it so far, but I’ve decided to try Kohana for my next project for a few of reasons:

    i) Kohana uses strict PHP5 OOP.

    ii) Kohana has a much better session library (although this looks to be a decent replacement for CI’s offering).

    iii) Kohana includes an Auth module, something I found lacking in CI (I know CI is a barebones framework, but user access/authorization is needed in so many websites that the functionality should be included in the framework I think).

    The one thing I think so far that Kohana is lacking is more documentation. CI’s documentation was a major reason I decided to use it in the first place, good documentation is a strong selling point.

    Thanks to this post I’ll also be taking a look at Yii as well, it sounds like it has some promise. Seems like a new PHP framework is born every month!

  16. 19

    Thanks for writing this comparison. Look forward to hearing more about your experiences with Yii.

    I have been using Kohana lately after trying many PHP frameworks. CI is good and I used it when it first came out, but it hasn’t evolved enough for my liking.

    Competition is good though and I’ll be trying Yii soon.

    As a side point, I really like Django’s easy to set up admin area. This is something I wish more PHP frameworks would offer. Symfony does, but it’s more geared towards larger projects.

  17. 20

    Hi. it would be very interesting adding the new FUSE framework compared to Yii and Kohana … I believe those 3 frameworks are the best available nowadays for PHP development.

  18. 21

    Paul M. Jones has pointed out that ab, results from which comprise the cited Yii performance benchmarks, can generate misleading output.

  19. 24

    Kind of interesting that Symfony hits just about every section in this breakdown pretty well.

    Unit & Functional Testing: Great. Built In and documented

    Internationalization: Great. Built In and documented

    Web Services: Not sure about that one

    Bundled JavaScript: Meh. Prototype/Scriptactulous

    Helpers: Great. 20

    Templating: Good. Has it’s own

    Logging / Debugging: Excellent, has a great debug mode.

    Session: Excellent. Good session class, supports flash data and is well documented.

    Caching: Excellent. Built in caching system that works extremely well and is well documented.

    Validation: Excellent. Since 1.1 they have redefined their form handling and validation. It is one of the easiest systems to use and is very well documented.

    Auth and ACL: Excellent. Built in support with sfUserGuard. There are also plugins to extend the class.

    Database Abstraction and ORM: Excellent. You can use either Propel or Doctrine. Both are full featured and easy to use.

    Configuration: Excellent. Almost everything in Symfony is configured with YML making it very easy to turn settings on and off. Even the auto-generated admin pages can be mostly configured with just YML files.

    Conventions: Excellent. Everything can be overwritten or configured.

    Modularity: Excellent. Same as Kohana, it is built on modules and cascading file systems.

    MVC: Yes. Events, Plugins, Helpers, Hooks, Modules, and Widgets.

    Tutorial / Sample Availability: Excellent. They teach you how to build a complete web-app in 24hours. They also have a cookbook section and code snippets.

    Documentation / User Guide: Excellent. They have an API, an online book called The Definitive Guide to symfony, symfony forms in action, symfony and doctrine, and Practical Symfony (which is just the web app tutorial in book form).

    Community: Good. They offer IRC, Forum, and 2 Google Group mailing lists (1 for developers, 1 for users).

    Supported Databases: Excellent. All the DBMS supported by PDO

    PHP Compatibility: Requires PHP >= 5.2

    Licensing: Excellent. MIT

    All in all, not saying that symfony is the greatest framework ever, but I would probably take a look at it if I were you. It seems to hit everything except web services really well. May have sounded like a fanboy there but I thought it would be interesting to see how symfony stacked up in your chart.

  20. 26


    O_O my combo is kohana + jquery

  21. 28

    Let’s try CodeLighter – its a simplified CodeIgniter-like framework:

  22. 30

    please compare symfony too … I think symfony is the best framework available

  23. 31

    One thing to consider also is Kohana 3, it’s almost a new framwork when compared to Kohana 2 and thus, to me, it is a game changer. Fully integrated HMVC, and an integrated REST controller, to me, it would be hard for Yii to catch up any time soon, and it has left CI in the dust back in the first 2.0 release.

    Symphony is fine, but too monolithic and bloated, imo.

  24. 32

    Thanks for this great article, got me interested in Kohana for sure

  25. 34

    Hey nice writeup. I found this on Dzone, seems another ~new framework.
    I gone through the demo it seems to have nice routing support for REST. It’s lightweight like CI which I think I am going to replace CI with this :)
    Symphony is really.. bloated, I would just use Zend components with the other framework like doophp or yii

  26. 36

    We just finished a Massive custom cart system (1 1/2 year build)using Kohana.

    Kohana = Wonderful php programming.

  27. 37

    Thanks for the post, really got me thinking about which framework I’ll be sticking too…

    You should throw in some performance comparisons between the three frameworks just for kicks! Such as repeated database access, caching and non caching comparisons, maybe even the ultimate (which I have yet to see) how long it takes to develop a particular application under the different frameworks which has the same appearance and functionality.

  28. 39

    I’m half way through coding a very complex website with some crazy supertype/subtype DB relationships and a bit of EAV thrown in too… Any other framework and I’d be writing custom modules to beat the band however with Kohana’s ORM it makes it so easy. Not to mention the session control, auth etc.. it makes writing PHP a joy again (and after 8 years of it I never thought I’d say that again!)

  29. 40

    Why do you compare the loosers? Dont try any PHP frameworks but Symfony…Trust me…

  30. 41

    Try Finding a hosting service that has Ruby On Rails enabled and tell me that it’s better to use it rather than use a PHP framework

  31. 42

    Having worked with NetBeans / Ruby on Rails, I found the move to a PHP framework conceptually easy, but a bit daunting due to lack of good IDE support. I must say however, that after preliminary exercises (TestDrive) in Yii, that the command line framework instructions are not a real barrier. I’d like Yii to generate tables like RonR does, but hey, you can’t have everything! Why Yii? Because I need a PHP framework for interoperability. AS for the “gems”, I’ll have to live without them while using Yii.

    Steve B
    Business Geeks (Australia)

  32. 44

    If anything, Yii is better than Kohana because unlike with Kohana you can actually use Code Completion in Eclipse PDT and Net Beans with it.

    I made a detailed post on this at Why Yii Framework is Better than Kohana.

  33. 45

    Also, I’ve made a less detailed but much wider comparison of a few other PHP MVC Frameworks at Choosing the Best PHP MVC Framework. This is part of a series of posts that I’m going to do on this topic as I spend considerable amount of time doing this for myself.

  34. 46

    I have used CI since I have, because I had PHP4 on FreeBSD. Now I am trying to use Yii to another project, since PHP5 becomes a standard. In my experiences, CI is extremely easy to use, I start to develop my project within a few hours. However CI is lack of some common features like Authentication and Authorization, I choose Freakauth as final solution. The reason why I leave an easy solution like CI, because I failed in integrating OpenID services into the CI. So I started to search for alternative PHP5 frameworks.

    While Yii has many features, however, it absolutely requires more effort to understand how it works, especially I am not familiar with OOP programming in web development. It has much complex asset managment registration classes, not simply copying your JS/CSS into one specific folders. But I believe Yii can move on, since Yii is the youngest one among three frameworks.

  35. Ketchapay Ramirez

    Very nice article! We’re actually in the process of selecting a framework for future projects. Our selection consists of the following: Code Igniter, Kohana, and Recess. From what I gather, there seems to be a lot of interest in Kohana vs. the rest. I’d like to read more reviews like this.

  36. 49

    I’ve been using Kohana for at least 1 year because it is one of the easiest frameworks to use.

    Documentation is a little bit outdated but you don’t need much to start using it and create your first application. Just follow the Kohana 101 tutorial and you will be ready to go.

    In addition to this the core is really small which makes Kohana very fast.

    In the past I used Symphony to develop my applications, but I got bored of setting lots of files and the low performance it provides.

  37. 50

    good article, Thank you!

  38. 51

    I recomend yii right now to try. With current 1.1.4 version it have code generation feature, strong AR etc. Currently I develop one project with it and when I finishit I will anouce here…

  39. 53

    I’ve been using Yii for about 6 months and I think it has some excellent features. It’s purely OO, architecturaly clean, AR, scopes, validation, very simple to extend it. I had my first webapp written in it running in 1 hour.
    It has good docs (you just have to take some time reading it!) and pretty large community. We’ve been using it on a large project (a portal). Also, there is embedded unit testing provided (using phpunit), bundled jquery (with UI widgets), json, and all other web 2.0 stuff. In the book you even have TDD approach described with yii. All in all, we’ve been satisfied with it.

  40. 54

    I used CI , now I’m in love with yii.

    For me, YII has superior features for a OO Programer and the programing by testing.

    Is very simple, if you like use OO code and need have REAL OBJECTS in your code you SHOULD use YII, don’t waste your time with CI.

    I think this Framework round should include the evaluation of the “programing style”, CI has a unique style, but YII is total OO.

  41. 56

    All I can say is the choice is really simple, 6 points to note.
    Have a look at this and choose for yourself

  42. 60

    Yes yii’s documentation leaves alot to be desired. But to be fair. If you can’t understand the class view, then maybe you should try an easier framework(if this is possible because imo Yii is simple and im terrible) Anyone who knows oop should pick up yii in a few weeks and then move from there. With regards to unit testing yes YII does come bundled with phpunit. You need to extend the CDbTestCase class. Hope this hope.

  43. 61

    CodeIgniter 2.0 removed support of php4

  44. 63

    turkish users can check my review about yii framework.

  45. 65

    I have looking for the latest into about PHP framework and I found this site. I tried CI but not that interesting. I will give Yii a try. Thanks for the comparison.

  46. 66

    I will test Yii these days.
    CodeIgniter has a very limited and poor support for unit testing or any test.
    Yii has code generator that looks promosing, it may accelerate develepment.

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