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.