When we announced that CodeIgniter was looking for a new home, a flood of emails began arriving from prospective candidates; emails which have continued even today. The question was easy: who do we entrust with the framework? The answer proved difficult due to the pressure of making the right choice for you.
We quickly rejected the inexperienced. We set aside those without the assets or time to manage such a large project. And we also turned away those with radically niche ideas for the framework. That still left many good choices full of strength, capability, and vision. One candidate stood out above the rest.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver, Canada is a highly regarded applied technology institute with 48,000 full and part-time students. Their impressive BCIT School of Computing and Academic Studies teaches CodeIgniter to 150 students a year. Now, they are its stewards.
The Dean and faculty support real world projects using a living lab model that brings practical exposure and involvement to their students. They’ve built impressive living labs in construction, energy, and health. CodeIgniter is a perfect fit for this model, and BCIT has the resources and infrastructure to manage it effectively.
James Parry, a web technology instructor within the BCIT School of Computing and Academic Studies with many years of CodeIgniter experience, will lead the project. He will assemble a steering committee to advance and improve the framework. The committee will consist of members of the CodeIgniter community as well as some of BCIT’s standout students who have commercial web development experience. CodeIgniter will be a hub that BCIT students can gain real-world knowledge and experience around.
And that is the biggest advantage BCIT brought over other qualified candidates. If you use CodeIgniter, you will benefit directly from their stewardship. The success of their students is intrinsically tied to not just teaching, but in shaping CodeIgniter to be at the forefront of modern programming. The result for everyone using it is a solid and fresh foundation that you can count on.
EllisLab is a focused technology company founded in 2001 that develops web-building software used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. They are best known for their flagship product, ExpressionEngine®, a flexible content management system used by small businesses and Fortune 100 companies alike. EllisLab is also the original creator of CodeIgniter®, a popular light-weight PHP framework. For more information, please visit https://ellislab.com.
About the British Columbia Institute of Technology
The British Columbia Institute of Technology is a public post-secondary institution with over 48,000 students enrolled into approximately 350 programs annually.
As Canada’s premier institute of technology, BCIT has been integral to building the economic, social, and environmental prosperity of British Columbia since 1964, producing more than 150,000 career-ready graduates over that time.
A leader in applied education, BCIT provides broad accessibility and varied pathways to learning, and relevant skills in a range of industries, including computing, business, shipbuilding, oil and gas, health care, applied research, media and engineering.