I’ve been writing code for the web since the late ‘90s. Looking back, I’ve come up with a few tidbits of experience I’d like to share with those considering the profession.
There are two parts to this. First, technology changes constantly. Over the course of about a year, libraries can go from Release Candidate to Version 4 (I’m looking at you, Angular!). Aside from that, standards change, too. You need to be willing and able to self-educate and power through documentation and tutorials to stay sharp.
I am a firm believer that there is always a right fit for any language/platform. I just happen to think that other emergent technologies and trends are making PHP the second or third good option for those choices today.
The Dark Ages.
Back when I first started really developing (for the web) professionally, there were very few choices; Static HTML, Perl, ASP (pre .Net), PHP, or Cold Fusion (no offense to any I missed). Developers flocked to PHP for its simplicity, easy installation, and low barrier to entry.
You could literally sit down and write an interactive form, web counter…
Developer / Speaker living in Sunny Sanford, FL. Obsessed with everything APIs, Node.js, Angular, Mobile Apps, Docker Magic, and a closeted PHP developer.