Becoming Relevant

Here is my latest editorial for the July 2014 issue of php[architect] magazine:

php[architect] - July 2014Becoming Relevant

PHP has long had the reputation of being a “side project”, something people played with in their free time or for personal use. Even though we haven’t fully shaken this reputation, PHP has come into its own and is being taken very seriously in the enterprise around the world. This makes PHP developers a hot commodity in the job market. There are contract jobs and full-time jobs, junior and senior positions – a wealth of opportunities.

What does it take to be hired in the PHP market? Get tips for resumes and interviewing from Jordan. Thinking about creating or joining a start up? Get an inside look at some startups in the UK area with Benjamin. Are you thinking about consulting, but not sure how to handle your projects and finances? Matthew shows you how easy it is to get a business organized with the FreeAgent API.

A great way to further your career is to learn new things. Carlos introduces us to hexagonal architecture, and Gabriel will help you advance your knowledge of the Symfony Validator Component. Aaron reminds us to watch out for extremes in our coding, and Eli finishes us off with a commentary on being a “Renaissance Man” – which, if you know Eli, could mean many things.



Journey to the Core

Here is my latest editorial for the June 2014 issue of php[architect] magazine:

php[architect] - June 2014Journey to the Core

Grab your gear! Does everyone have a torch? Did anyone bring a ten foot pole? Join us on a journey to the center of our profession, the focal point of our community…the core of PHP. What actually happens when you run that PHP script? Ever wondered? I know I have, so when Julien (the PHP 5.5/5.6 release manager) offered to give us an inside look at PHP, I was thrilled! Continue reading

Shameless Self-promotion

We all want to be special. Not that sarcastic special that people use air quotes around, but the kind of special where people know who you are and admire you. Some of us try to achieve that by going out of our way to make our voices heard over everyone else’s. Some of us try to achieve this through making sure everyone knows we are better than everyone else. Some of us hit that sweet spot of shameless selfishness that somehow manages to resonate with an audience whose needs align with our own. These all sound bad, right?

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