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Oct. 11th, 2007 | 09:21 am

So yesterday I was at the Zend PHP conference giving a talk on EC2/S3
and deployment strategies for LAMP stacks in those environments.

It was a fun talk, and one of the types I really enjoy giving. It
wasn't about features, but on how to go out and make something. Even
after the talk was over I ended up spending the rest of the afternoon
talking to different individuals on how MySQL works in EC2 and EC2
like environments.

Other then the difficulty in building horizontal solutions compared
to vertical in EC2, I was pretty amazed at the energy at the
conference. There are a lot of startups at the moment, and there is a
need to find developers.

Which got me thinking about which languages to use. I am not a
language bigot (though I am quite fond of Objective C!). I tend to
use whatever allows me to get a job done.

Looking around at the conference made me start to wonder if I would
use PHP. Can I deploy it? Oh yes. Easily...

But the demand is pretty high, and I wonder if I could staff all the
positions I would need if I was building a startup. Looking around
the room it was obvious to me that there is a greater demand in PHP
coders right now then there are the positions to fill.

Would Perl be the same way? I doubt it.
Java? Probably not.


Ruby is the language that programmers seem to be hot to learn right
now (which I admit to only having a passing knowledge of). I would be
tempted to build a new application around Ruby just to attract
developers. Find senior developers who keenly want to learn something

It is a strategy for a startup :)

For an individual wanting to get into programming?

Go learn PHP.

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from: jakeras
date: Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)

Now PHP can include a command line interface capability and can be used in standalone graphical applications. It is similar to other server-side scripts that provide dynamic content from a web server to a client, such as Microsoft's Active Server Pages, Sun Microsystems' JavaServer Pages, and mod_perl. PHP executes hundreds of base functions and thousands more via extensions.
The PHP Group produces the main implementation of PHP which serves as the de facto standard for PHP, because there is no formal specification now. PHP Group provides the complete source code for users to build, customize and extend for their own use. It is considered a free software released under the PHP License. But it is incompatible with the GNU General Public License (GPL) as there are restrictions on the usage of the term PHP.
PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that can be embedded into HTML. It generally runs on a web server and creates web pages taking PHP code. It is also used for command-line scripting and client-side GUI applications. It works on most web servers, operating systems and platforms free of charge. PHP can be used with many relational database management systems. Now, according php tutorials, it functions on more than 20 million websites and 1 million web servers.
PHP can be compared to a filter as it takes input from a file or stream containing text and/or PHP instructions and outputs another data; HTML is the most common output. It can automatically identify the language of the user.
So, really, learn PHP

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