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Leonid Mamchenkov's Blog:
Where did all the PHP programmers go?
June 06, 2008 @ 13:43:20

Frustrated by the trouble he's having finding a really good PHP developer to fill a few positions, has posted about this process he's been going through - the good, the bad and the downright ugly - of trying to find those right, qualified folks.

During the last six month or so, I've been looking to hire a PHP programmer for at least three companies. I have spoken to quite a few people on the phone, reviewed a bunch of resumes, and even interviewed a few. Out of all those candidates I recommended to hire exactly zero.

Some of the "roadbumps" he experienced along the way include the interviewees inability to write down code without a computer and them giving either the wrong or no answers to simple, common knowledge computing questions. So, he came up with a list of what he calls the "roots of the problem". Included in the list are things like:

  • PHP is an ugly language
  • PHP is rich with secondary reasons
  • PHP is getting mature
  • PHP avoidance

Also be sure to check out this response from Nick Jenkins to Leonid's post.

UPDATE: Leonid has also posted a follow-up post with a few corrections and clarifications of the original post.

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Jim Plush's Blog:
The Soon to Be PHP Boom
April 28, 2006 @ 13:16:19

PHP developers all over the world can rejoice now if what Jim Plush is predicting in his new post will be coming soon - a major resurgence of major companies looking for skilled PHP developers.

You can almost feel it in the air. You can almost sense that PHP hasn't even come close to hitting it's peak in the world. Jobs man, I'm talkin jobs. I remember 3 years ago getting my daily emails from monster.com on PHP positions open in my area and maybe I was lucky to see one every couple of weeks. Fast forward to today and there are no less than 5-10 per day! I mentioned this on the PHP podcast interview I did last with with Marcus and I noted how this quick explosion in PHP positions could be troublesome if trained coders aren't there.

With this rush right out on the horizion, Jim recommends a little preparation - getting your ceritification, contributing to an open source project, know your basics, make a name for yourself somewhere on google, and get out as much in the PHP-related media as you can.

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