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Scott Johnson's Blog:
What's a PHP Programmer Worth?
June 21, 2006 @ 12:31:39

In response to Ben Ramsey's earlier post about what PHP developers are work, Scott Johnson has posted some of his opinions on the matter.

Included in his thoughts are things like:

  • "We're worth just as much as Java Programmers - but we get no respect - and we'll never get it"
  • "You get what you pay for and, a little bit, clients are starting to understand this."
  • "The difference between great PHP programmers and people who say they can do PHP is vastly more dramatic than you'd expect."

He agrees with Ben on just about everything, throwing in a comment there at the end about doing things for free:

Never, ever do anything for free*. I'd rather be paid $100 for $1,000 of work then take "options" or "stock" in lieu of cash. Clients never value what they get for free so you always have to charge them something. The "something" might not be large but it needs to be something. (ammended with an exception for charitable organizations/good causes)
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