PHP Programming at present day:
PHP is a scripting language used predominantly for web programming. It is very popular mainly because it is open-source and you don’t have to buy a license or copy to install it on your computer, and the websites created using it are very dynamic and attractive.
PHP community is very active and solutions for any technical problem can be found online, either on websites, blogs or forums. According to a Netcraft survey, more than 100,000,000 hostnames have PHP coding and it is installed on more than 20 million websites and one million web servers. Popular websites such as WordPress use PHP as their publishing tools.
How long will it take for me to learn PHP? Do I have to take a course? To learn PHP, it is very important to learn C and C++ since most of its run time code is made of C libraries and it is also scripted in C.
PHP is very easy to learn – it is a straight-forward language and does not have many complexities. When I was doing my under graduation in Computer Applications, a basic PHP course was offered to us as part of extra credits. We all could write a simple, functional script in a matter of minutes. There are dozens of websites that provide free step-by-step guides to learn PHP so much so that you can become a master of the language just by self-study.
A living example is my dad who, at age 70, is trying to learn PHP to improve the functionality of his website on temples which is his retirement hobby. He was able to succeed just by reading online tutorials. If a 70-year-old can do it, I am sure you can too!! What do recruiters look for in PHP programmers? PHP programmers who are skilled in languages like C, C++ and Java, and also keep abreast of the latest developments in mobile and wireless technologies, are in great demand.
A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Applications is a necessary criterion to join most companies as a PHP programmer. But, a Bachelor’s degree in any stream along with a certification in PHP can also work. What can I do as a PHP programmer? With knowledge of PHP, you can become a Smartphone application developer and make a lot of money, while having fun at work! Various web development companies require PHP programmers to develop websites for their clients. You can also freelance and work independently for clients. If you know other related web programming languages, you can sit at home and build a prosperous career.
What is the remuneration like? According to PayScale, web developers earn an average salary of Rs. 3-6 lakhs per annum. As a fresher, you will start at about Rs. 10,000-20,000 per month, but with experience your salary can go up to Rs 12 lakhs per annum. Where can I find jobs with my PHP skills? You can find jobs in: Web development companies E-publishing houses Large corporates which have a dynamic website E-commerce companies Freelance websites like 99designs.com, elance.com, Sortfolio etc. Digital marketing companies Product companies like Google and Amazon PHP will help strengthen your web-developing skills and make your resume more attractive to a recruiter looking to fill relevant openings. But, it is essential that you also know other web programming languages like HTML, XML, etc, along with PHP to equip yourself as an overall developer.
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