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How to break into the world of PHP development

All,
I often get asked, how can I land a job as a professional developer. What skills do I need? How do I get started? Should I go to school? Can I learn these things on my own?

Here is my advice to you:

  • Join one of our beginner virtual self study groups (PHP Percolate and jQuery jAM)
    Want to learn PHP or jQuery? Our self study groups were created as a way to help you learn new skills, while providing a collaborative online space with others that area learning too. There are hundreds of folks in these programs right now - what are you waiting for? Learn more here.
  • Attend one of our events
    There are still plenty of you who have not been to a Boston PHP event in a while. All our events are free and focus on learning and education on open source web technology and skills. If you missed them, or cannot attend, you can still catch up by visiting the videos on our website.
  • Do some development work for free
    One of the best things you can do to challenge your skills and gain new insight, is to work on a real project. Even if you need to do it on the side for free. Working on someone else's requirements will give you valuable experience. Take on a little side project like helping someone with a community related project. Or consider getting involved in GiveCamp. Don't sit on your butt - start writing code and sharpening your skills. You can put these on your resume as well.
  • Start on your startup
    I know most of you have great startup ideas and projects. There are plenty of things you can do to get started on your ideas. Consider downloading and installing Wordpress or Drupal. Perhaps you can create a rough minmal viable rough prototype of your start up ideas. Ask for help at our Dorm Room events.
  • Partner with someone at our Dorm Room events
    Our Dorm Room events are a ton of fun. People just like you can come together to work on your own idea, get some help from someone more experienced in a certain topic, mentor others, contribute to an open-source project or even come up with a new group project. Check the meetup site for future Dorm Room events.


Michael Bourque
Organizer
Boston PHP

Table of Contents

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Senior Percolators and Percolators December 20, 2016 5:16 PM Gene B.
Video: Learn Twitter API Programing February 27, 2012 11:27 PM former member
How to break into the world of PHP development November 21, 2011 8:32 AM Michael B.
Fire PHP 1.0 November 19, 2011 7:18 AM Michael B.
Video and slides for Google Analytics for Devs November 14, 2011 8:29 PM Michael B.
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Boston PHP email policy June 2, 2012 3:35 PM Michael B.
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