What does it mean to be an Advanced PHP Programmer?

On a previous post I had someone comment that they did not agree that the code implementation that was presented in the article was advanced (which was described in the title). They also claimed that I was not an advanced PHP programmer.

This made me think. Not because my programming skill or knowledge was challenged. But because I’m not sure what makes code or a programmer “advanced”. This article is meant to take a look at this from an analytical perspective. I’m less concerned about general labels, and more concerned in how to improve going things going forward. Continue reading

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PHP Content Management System of Choice

Guest author Carrie Donalds goes through her perspective on WordPress, while I give you my take on this subject. There are many PHP content management systems out there, and we go through a few different perspectives.

If you want to write a guest post on a specific PHP or project management related topic, please contact me. Continue reading

PHP Programming With Leadership

Until recently, I thought leadership was a gift that you either had or did not have. I still believe it is something you can learn and get better at, but I’m now realizing that leadership is something we all have to some capacity. In fact, to be a successful PHP programmer, you have to be a good leader. Continue reading

Should PHP web programmers go to college?

A common debate in our field is whether or not a college education is worth it when becoming a PHP programmer. People will throw statistics in how much more money you can make with a college degree. But is the cost of college (time + tuition) for a four year degree better than the benefits of having four years of experience in the web programming field? Continue reading

What are you shooting for?

I’ve been pre-occupied with preparing for the backpacking season. I just bought a Delorme PN-40 GPS unit, and I’ve enjoyed playing around with it and learning how it works. A quality GPS device gets good reception and accurately tells you where you are located. When you look at your career, how do you determine if you are on track? Continue reading

PHP: Cheap. Easy. Fast. Flexible.

Every web programmer has different opinions in what they think is the best web programming language for certain tasks. Speed, ease of use, flexibility, learning curve, popularity and feature list are a few criteria you can use in “judging” a programming language.

Take a look at the positives and negatives that I see with the PHP language. Continue reading