Laravel is a framework in the same class as Codeigniter. However, at first glance it implements a couple of annoying missing features I’ve waited a longtime for CI to add but have yet to do it: full unit-testing and ORM. For ORM, there have been many third party addons/sparks that would add the functionality but not from base install. Unit testing is a much bigger problem in CI. There is no good way to integrate php-unit or simpletest to test your code. So we are left trying to unit test with the joke implementation of unit testing library from CI.
I’m hoping Laravel will prove to be as amazing as what people have been raving about in the blogsphere. Can’t wait to give it a shot.