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Christian M. Mackeprang:
What “Full Stack” really means to the job market
Aug 01, 2016 @ 13:33:20

There's an interesting article from Christian M. Mackeprang that tries to provide some definition to the term "full stack programmer" and what it really means to the job market.

Back around 2013, the term Full Stack developer started to come up in job descriptions and blog posts. Companies were realizing that hiring developers with expertise in only one language just wasn’t enough anymore. A web developer that can handle a variety of tasks and environments is considerably more useful, and was starting to become the norm.

[...] What is a full stack developer supposed to know, anyway? Job descriptions frequently mention combinations of frontend and backend technologies such as JavaScript and Node, PHP and jQuery, Angular and Spring, and many others. In reality there is a significant amount of information outside those realms that would improve someone’s ability to build a website, and gone are the days when you could stick with what you know and make a career out of a single technology.

He talks about the combinatorial explosion the number of possible technology combinations can cause and how the usefulness of specific posts/resources is dwindling because of it. He then talks about "hackers" as "antifragile programmers" being the ones that enjoy the exploration of the tools and systems and are not bothered by change. He also suggests that developers need good skills in time management and setting expectations to prevent too much "exploration time".

He finishes out the post sharing thoughts about redefining the roles we're actually looking for an the individuals we want to fill them. He offers pointers about gaining context around issues, understand tradeoffs and doing what other people don't like doing to make your way ahead.

tagged: fullstack developer definition job market opinion hacker

Link: http://chrismm.com/blog/what-full-stack-really-means-to-the-job-market/

/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 56: Targeting the Amber Monochrome Market
Feb 18, 2015 @ 11:18:05

The /Dev/Hell podcast has posted their latest episode, hosted by PHP community members Chris Hartjes and Ed Finkler - Episode 56: Targeting the Amber Monochrome Market.

The PHP Bard himself, Jeremy Lindblom, joins us for much discussion of fun things, like how PHP is used inside Amazon, the upcoming Pacific Northwest PHP Conference (PNWPHP), and what it’s like to be a bard in the age of automation. Also Ed bought a new TV and wrote some music once.

You can listen to this latest episode either by downloading the mp3 or by using the in-page audio player. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed too!

tagged: devhell podcast ep56 jeremylindblom amber monochrome market

Link: http://devhell.info/post/2015-02-16/targeting-the-amber-monochrome-market/

Community News:
Atlanta PHP Jan 2013 Meeting - Current Trends of the PHP & Open Source Job Market
Dec 20, 2012 @ 09:35:29

The Atlanta PHP User Group has announced their January 2013 meeting, a loo at the "Current Trends of the PHP and Open Source Job Market" (from Ari Waller):

The presentation will be an overview of the current employment market and outlook specifically for PHP developers (as well as other Open Source related Open Source trends), based on the current supply and demands in the market place, as well as career oriented topics via Q&A (Resumes, Interviews, and overall job hunting tips and strategies). Ari will cover a year by year comparison from his previous talk and discuss changes and new trends going into 2013. He will also discuss how to work with recruiters as effectively as possible (if at all), as well as questions you have always wanted to ask regarding the the inner workings of IT Staffing.

Despite it being presented by a recruitment company, they have promised an open and honest conversation about the topic, not a sales pitch. If you'd like to attend, check out this page on the Atlanta PHP site for more information - including a new meeting location.

Have a user group meeting or event you'd like announced? let us know!

tagged: atlantaphp january trends opensource jobs market recruitment resume

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PHPClasses.org Blog:
How large is the PHP market?
May 13, 2009 @ 12:03:25

On the PHPClasses.org blog today Manuel Lemos has taken a look at how big the PHP market is - how many developers there are and what kind of tools those developers might be using.

Even knowing that only a fraction of the PHP developers in the world will come to a given PHP event, the more PHP developers there are, greater is the chance to have more developers coming to the event. Therefore the first big question is: how large is the PHP developer community world wide? This is a difficult question. Zend has been publishing rough estimates of the number of PHP developers that exist in the world.

According to some estimates, there's over five million PHP developers out there. The PHPClasses site has this tool that can help show the distribution of some of these in user groups. Manuel also shares some stats he's gathered off of his site - a growing trend for visitors to use Linux and OSX as compared to Windows and the predominance for developers to use Firefox over Internet Explorer.

Other tools mentioned include FirePHP, a Javascript Debugger.

tagged: market developer usergroup tool firefox linux

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Nexen.net:
PHP Statistics for April 2008
May 06, 2008 @ 15:17:41

Damien Seguy has released the latest PHP statistics for last month - April 2008. Among the highlights are things like:

  • PHP 5.2.5 is now the most popular PHP version, ahead of 4.4.8
  • PHP 5 reaches 36.60% of PHP market share
  • Still a lot of migrations toward 5.2.5 and 4.4.8

You can check out the details on these and other statistics (like PHP usage by country and version) the complete monthly stats and the evolution stats. Oh, and don't forget - Damien and crew are the ones supplying the latest edition of the elePHPants to the PHP community!

tagged: user statistics popular version market share nexen

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Tony Bibbs' Blog:
The Problem with PHP is PHP Itself
Jan 31, 2008 @ 10:24:00

According to Tony Bibbs, PHP's real problem is itself.:

So what do I mean when I say PHP's problem is PHP itself? [...] One word. Sustainability.

He suggests that, while PHP has made a big splash in the areas it's hit, it is still tripping over its own feet. PHP, the language, can meet the needs of just about any sort of web development that might come down the line, but when good PHP developers are so hard to find, why should any organization bother with working it into their technology stack?

Comments on the article responds to the "chicken and egg situation" Tony has presented and how things like user groups can help stoke the fires of PHP's presence in not only the budding web developers but also in the professionals looking to expand their horizons.

tagged: problem language sustainability job development market

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Dotvoid.com:
Loosing market share with PHP 4
Feb 13, 2007 @ 07:56:00

From Dotvoid.com, there's a new posting talking about the continued use of PHP4 by developers and hosting companies and how it's effecting the community as a whole.

It is true that the PHP 5 uptake has been slow. Many internet service providers as well as many developers are reluctant to switch. This is probably, as others have stated, a circular dependency.

As ISP:s are reluctant to upgrade the popular open source projects are hesitant to upgrade. I still think the wrong people are worried. Still PHP 5 is increasing it's share and finally the day will come when version 4 will be considered legacy. Hopefully before PHP 6 is here but not necessarily.

He continues on, talking about what PHP5 is really about (it's not just the objects!) and things that can help make it an easier sell to those still lagging in a PHP4 world - like the Zend Framework.

tagged: market share php4 php5 adoption zendframework market share php4 php5 adoption zendframework

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Dotvoid.com:
Loosing market share with PHP 4
Feb 13, 2007 @ 07:56:00

From Dotvoid.com, there's a new posting talking about the continued use of PHP4 by developers and hosting companies and how it's effecting the community as a whole.

It is true that the PHP 5 uptake has been slow. Many internet service providers as well as many developers are reluctant to switch. This is probably, as others have stated, a circular dependency.

As ISP:s are reluctant to upgrade the popular open source projects are hesitant to upgrade. I still think the wrong people are worried. Still PHP 5 is increasing it's share and finally the day will come when version 4 will be considered legacy. Hopefully before PHP 6 is here but not necessarily.

He continues on, talking about what PHP5 is really about (it's not just the objects!) and things that can help make it an easier sell to those still lagging in a PHP4 world - like the Zend Framework.

tagged: market share php4 php5 adoption zendframework market share php4 php5 adoption zendframework

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Zend Developer Zone:
America's 10 Best Cities to Live in and How They Stack Up for PHP Developers
Sep 28, 2006 @ 11:21:08

Every developer (PHP or not) out there has sat back in their favorite chair and thought about what else is out there. Well, Cal Evans is no different and he shares a tool he was linked to (by Terry Chay) that could help you find that "what's next" in your career.

I love Nashville, TN. Well, ok, I really like it. It's a great town but I'm getting a bit restless. The problem I face is that I never know what the environment for programmers will be in a given city before moving there. So when Terry Chay briefly mentioned indeed.com's salary search tool, it sparked my interest. If I, a PHP programmer, wanted to move to another city in the US, how would I fare salary wise? Since I don't want to list every city in the US, I've selected CNN/Money's Best Places to Live in America as my list of cities to compare.

Looking specifically for PHP-related jobs, he made the query, found the cities, ranked them and listed the average salary for the area. He also grabbed the cost of living for each location based on the closest large city and matched them up.

The result?

So it's agreed then, we'll all meet in Columbia, MD.

Check out the post and the lovely graph Cal has put together for more cities and their stats.

tagged: job market salary area costofliving topten job market salary area costofliving topten

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Zend Developer Zone:
America's 10 Best Cities to Live in and How They Stack Up for PHP Developers
Sep 28, 2006 @ 11:21:08

Every developer (PHP or not) out there has sat back in their favorite chair and thought about what else is out there. Well, Cal Evans is no different and he shares a tool he was linked to (by Terry Chay) that could help you find that "what's next" in your career.

I love Nashville, TN. Well, ok, I really like it. It's a great town but I'm getting a bit restless. The problem I face is that I never know what the environment for programmers will be in a given city before moving there. So when Terry Chay briefly mentioned indeed.com's salary search tool, it sparked my interest. If I, a PHP programmer, wanted to move to another city in the US, how would I fare salary wise? Since I don't want to list every city in the US, I've selected CNN/Money's Best Places to Live in America as my list of cities to compare.

Looking specifically for PHP-related jobs, he made the query, found the cities, ranked them and listed the average salary for the area. He also grabbed the cost of living for each location based on the closest large city and matched them up.

The result?

So it's agreed then, we'll all meet in Columbia, MD.

Check out the post and the lovely graph Cal has put together for more cities and their stats.

tagged: job market salary area costofliving topten job market salary area costofliving topten

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