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Building software from scratch vs learning a framework, before applying to jobs
February 13, 2013 @ 12:17:32

On Reddit.com a user has asked a question about frameworks versus writing things from scratch - which would provide them with more advantages in the future?

When applying for PHP jobs would it be more advantageous to have made your own software without the use of a framework? I'm starting a portfolio of projects and I'm unsure whether to stick to one framework and learn it well, use a variety of them, or also try building software from scratch. Which would look better to a prospective employer? or does it not matter too much? (considering I'm talking junior roles)

Recommendations from the comments including things like:

  • "Making your own software is always a better qualification. Because doing your own frameworks means that you understood the general concept of frameworks. But it doesn't hurt to be familiar with the big ones"
  • "It doesn't matter. Show that you know how to write good quality code."
  • "Frameworks change, the language doesn't. With a good understanding of the language itself, you should be able to pick up any framework fairly quickly."
  • "I think you need to know enough of the underlying language to understand what the framework is doing for you. Typically that comes from folks rolling their own framework for awhile"

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