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 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

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

PHP Programming: The Benefits of Peer Pressure

Peer pressure often times gets a lot of bad credit. But in the programming workplace, what if there was no peer pressure? Would that be a good thing?

Let’s skin this animal and see what we find. Continue reading

PHP Programmers: Stop Whining and Shut-up!

We jump off a cliff and wonder why we get hurt when we hit the ground. We stab ourselves and can’t figure out why we are bleeding. We want a lot of money, but we are not willing to work for it.

Welcome to a world where your destiny is in your hands. Action is the answer to your problems. Continue reading