Linking Snippets in Codeigniter – PHP

Since I have been attending LAMP Camp, I have been learning PHP and MySQL and using MVC frameworks to build web applications. I’m about to start my 6th week tomorrow, so I’m already halfway through! It’s a free 12-week immersive program in Atlanta, that you can read more about here.

To get your certificate of completion, you have to create a personal portfolio site using what you’ve learned. Since we have to use an MVC framework for our project, I’ve chosen Codeigniter since they have a tutorial that comes with the download. Their tutorial is very easy to follow and they teach you how to also connect to a database.

Today I spent my time on the views and getting the Bootstrap Carousel feature to work. I also learned how to link pages together. If you are using the MVC framework Codeigniter for your PHP web application, you can link page views without touching your controller file.

I saved my ‘snippet’ views in their own folder in ‘views/templates’ and just linked to them where I wanted them to appear. Since I worked on the carousel feature today, I put the carousel code in its own file called carousel.php. Then, I added the following code to my home.php view file where I wanted the carousel to appear:

 <?php $this->load->view("templates/snippets/carousel.php"); ?>

This is my controller file that loads the home.php view:

public function view($page = 'home')
  if ( ! file_exists(APPPATH.'/views/pages/'.$page.'.php'))
  // Whoops, we don't have a page for that!

  $data['title'] = ucfirst($page); // Capitalize the first letter

  $this->load->view('templates/header', $data);
  $this->load->view('pages/'.$page, $data);
  $this->load->view('templates/footer', $data);