Re: [houston-php] What are good Houston PHP salaries?

From: user 1.
Sent on: Sunday, October 24, 2010 3:26 AM
I have read many of these posts and find everything that you guys talk
about quite interesting. I don't know if this is off topic but I have to
ask.

I've been doing web development for a short while and I would consider
myself an "intermediate novice" concerning the wow factor that some folks
are
able to create using PHP and other such languages. I want to do better for
myself and my family and it is not really about the money per se, but I
want to provide for them the things they never had or would experience
without someone like me.

With that said, I would like to ask a couple of questions.
1) Should I take time to continue training myself instead of going to
school. I get really bored with the school work and it is really taking up
my time.
I am not sure if the degree is all it is hyped up to be; especially since
I am doing online school and I do not have the discipline for it?

2) Though I have learned quite a bit on my own, what would you guys
suggest as a "route" for success. Like where should I start in terms of
learning
if I had to start back at the beginning. What would be some good books or
topics besides the ones already mentioned?

3) I make about 30,000 a year right now but I am quite unhappy with my
work. Do you guys know of any employers that would higher someone at an
entry-level
to learn and grow with the company but where I could make a little more
that what I do now or the same with benefits? I can learn anything, listen
and take
the initiative when appropriate.

I know this is quite a lot and I hope that you guys understand my
sincerity. I will make it a point to be at the Houston Meetups. I am just
trying to better
myself and my lifestyle. Thanks in advance to those who respond.


On Wed, 20 Oct[masked]:47:53 -0400, Joao Prado Maia <[address removed]>
wrote:
> Ted,
> 
>> What I learned is that while adopting PHP is free, it is not worth the
>> risk.  But PHP is **so** bad that spending hundreds of thousands of
>> dollars JUST on ASP.NET infrastructure (SQL Server licenses, etc.)
during
>> the recession is worth it, because PHP isn't enterprisey enough for
huge
>> ecoms.
>>  
> 
> I have been idling around on this mailing list thread until now, but I
> have to step in after seeing this interesting nugget. Saying something
like
> that is completely untrue, given that lots of big companies do use PHP
as
> part of their technology stack, including e-commerce players.
> 
> Choosing ASP over PHP, or Ruby on Rails, or Perl, it's all a management
> decision that is based on a ton of different things. It could be related
to
> the previous experience of this particular manager, could also be
related
> to being easier to find .NET developers in the Houston area, who knows.
> 
> Just like Chris Oakman just said over here, there are good PHP paying
jobs
> here in Houston, but you have to find them. You are not going to find
them
> over Craigslist.org though.
> 
> --Joao
> 
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