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Why do you use PHP and what's your experience level?

Just started PHP, want to make a private homepage
Have coded some PHP and have done a couple of websites
At the beginning of becoming a web-developer and am working on my first project
I've done a number of smaller PHP projects and have sold them successfully
I've developed a number of bigger PHP projects and am an IT professional
I am a senior web developer and mostly deal with application design
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Postby primate » Mon Dec 06, 2004 10:04 am

I'm an IT professional doing mostly network/systems admin and IT management stuff.

Been learning bits of php for about 6 months as I wanted something to code a couple of admin tools with. Constantly trying to do things I can't do, hence this forum is very helpful :D.

As my organisation is non-profit I often work on tight budgets, eg. the budget for our intranet development being so tight that I'm currently trying to knock it together myself, along with some kind of cms - which is just way ahead of my knowledge level at the moment, but I'm slowly getting there.

I've done a couple of small sites for people here and there, though I could do a lot better now even with the small amount of php I know :)
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Postby []InTeR[] » Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:45 am

In reaction to 'improve the forum', it's not realy ontopic on 'what are you doing with php'.

But, i think that a 'Latest Topics' page, with some more topics AND a auto refresh on that page will help some of us watching the forum for questions.

btw: i know the 'View posts since last visit (1)', 'Unanswered Questions' etc.
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Postby patrikG » Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:49 am

[]InTeR[] wrote:In reaction to 'improve the forum', it's not realy ontopic on 'what are you doing with php'.

But, i think that a 'Latest Topics' page, with some more topics AND a auto refresh on that page will help some of us watching the forum for questions.

btw: i know the 'View posts since last visit (1)', 'Unanswered Questions' etc.

Improving a forum starts with knowing about the users of the forum (i.e. you) so we can bear that in mind when implementing changes, introduce new features etc. You have to know who you'll be catering for before you start cooking a five-course menu.

There is a Site Suggestions forum for anyone who has suggestions.
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Postby protokol » Tue Dec 07, 2004 5:49 pm

I am a profession web developer for a mortgage company in NE Ohio. Our IT staff, which consist of help desk, projects, and programming, takes care of everything that our company uses internally. This means that we write all of our intranet applications in-house. We develop in PHP4 using MySQL as the backend database. We have plans to migrate to PHP5 in the near future, provided that we can maintain compatibility with our existing code base. The work keeps me busy and I'm lucky because I think I'm working with some of the best PHP developers I've seen. (all 6 of them)
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Postby lostboy » Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:25 pm

3 years of PHP for me...developed a number of small sites and am now working a dotcom as a dba/developer to migrate from ASP (yech!) to PHP (yeah!)...

Current projects have included 3rd party PDF integration into the site, IVR integration in site, as well as an ongoing projects to move to a completely distributed DB environment for our customers and develop spatial reporting
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Postby fractalvibes » Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:54 pm

By day I am a sr. web developer using ASP/ASP.NET and I do PHP mostly for personal projects. Great forum with a vast amount of knowledge and experience. Ideas for the forum? Might be nice to have some transitional material for "PHP for ASP programmers" perhaps? Would have been very usefull, early on. Lots of analogies between the two. About to try learning Java...seems a few analogies between that and .NET. I think things are going towards becoming familiar with and integrating with multiple platforms and languages, so perhaps knowing a little about the ideosyncrancies of each could be usefull.

A lot of the questions I see posted are very basic problems people have doing that first app that connects to a database it seems. That, and basic SQL questions. Perhaps another idea to explore.

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Postby dstefani » Wed Dec 22, 2004 10:21 am

I'm a freelance hacker and I've been coding in PHP for about 3 years. I switched from Perl/CGI because a client with a large and long time contract offer wanted to use VB & ASP and host on Windows (AHHHH!!!) because his guys didn't like Perl. As an alternate I told him about this new language called PHP that looked pretty easy to learn, his guys might find it easier than ASP. But the big sell was Open-Source and Linux, forget thousands for SQL Server! Go MySQL and PHP. I was forced to learn it fast and use it for a large project out of the gate. It went great and it still being used by about 60K students in the state of Louisiana USA.

Now 90% of my clients want PHP/MySQL for the same reasons, Open-Source and Linux. PHP has been a great tool for my business, I have plenty of work and I can offer my clients some cool stuff.

One other thing, this forum helped me a ton in those first years, THANKS!
Good job. :P
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Postby onion2k » Wed Dec 22, 2004 10:54 am

I've been using PHP for a few years, coming to it from ASP, Perl and VB before that. My job title is actually "Senior Web Developer", so I clicked that one. I write all the usual web app stuff by day, and tinker with interesting php toys by night.. I'd love to say this forum helped me learn PHP, but I only joined it yesterday. ;)
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Postby carlmcdade » Tue Dec 28, 2004 12:24 pm

I came from C language to ASP in 1996 then decided to go for PHP rather than .NET a little over 2 years ago. Spend most of my "get paid" time doing site search engines and CMS work. Nowadays for fun and pain I sit and reverse engineer things like Drupal and PHPnuke. When I am bored I try and make bad code PHP5 compatible.

Next on the agenda is SAP, Sorry MS you've been put last on the list since I got all those MCP Certs that lead to absolutly no work at all. PHP is putting food on the table.
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Postby n00b Saibot » Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:06 am

I had started coding in PHP only 3 days before I joined this forum.
but nowit seems like ages. the amount of info available on this forum is MASSIVE.
REALLY MASSIVE. That helped firm my grip on this lang. quickly and helped me clear some of weak points.

3 Cheers for Ya Guys out there!
:P :P :P
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Postby ProfMoriarty » Thu Dec 30, 2004 11:55 am

I've been coding in PHP for about 5 months. I usually code small-time projects. Most recently I made an application that allows a user to store and retrieve various State press releases. I'm currently working on a forum for the State employees who are on the Web Commisions(sp?) Board.
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Postby nigma » Sat Jan 01, 2005 5:12 pm

XYZ: Move your post to the PHP Code forum and a lot more people will see it which in turn increases the chance that you'll get a response.
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Postby feha » Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:49 am

My first computer was "ZX-Spectrum 48 KB" 1982 ...
Commodore64, Amiga500, Amiga1200, Amiga4000 after that a PZZZ...
First learned Basic/Cobol/Fortran ...
Now tired of it i do only PHP :-)

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Postby smartknight » Sat Jan 08, 2005 1:24 pm


Thanks for this information.

Thanks & Regards,
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Postby igoy » Mon Mar 14, 2005 2:13 pm

Good to be back here !!!! :D
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