Programming. For some, it’s a distant concept that is somewhere in the same difficulty realm with rocket science. For others, it might be a hobby – an activity that you’d like to utilize in order to relax after a long day at work. And then there’s the third group – people who use programming on a daily basis for work purposes.
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First of all, let’s assume that you’d like to learn programming purely out of personal interest, and you’re not looking to change your career. If nothing else, programming can be a great tool to jumpstart your brain. This is true for all similar hobbies that involve a lot of thinking, but doing a little programming can really work wonders of getting you “in the mood”.
If, however, you’ve decided to turn to programming in search of a new career path, there are multiple benefits that you’re likely to encounter. To begin with, career stability is probably something that is very important to everyone who wants to plan out their future. Well, programming is infamous for providing just that. Since there are new start-ups and up-and-coming companies that deal with programming every single day, the job market is yet to experience a shortage of a need for programmers. This is an amazing feature since there are very few jobs in the world that could boast an almost guaranteed career path.
Programming is widely known and seen to be a great-paying career path to follow. You would think that this should change given the popularity of the profession, but that does not seem to be the case. Surely, since there are so many people today that want to get into the field of IT simply to receive a programming job, the competition is as high as ever. However, this skill requires a lot of effort, time, patience and dedication to truly learn and master. Reliable and professional programmers are always going to find a high-paying job – it’s good to keep that in mind!
So… What is PHP used for?
PHP is a popular scripting language mostly used in the field of web development. If you’re completely new to programming, you might say – so it’s not a “programming” language? It actually is – the ‘scripting’ part means that PHP supports scripts that allow developers and programmers to automate certain specific processes, thus saving a lot of time and avoiding manual programming.
PHP was conceived and created in 1994, by Mr. Rasmus Lerdorf. Since then, it has received multiple different updates and is now considered to be one of the most popular programming languages in the field of web development. The popularity of PHP stems from a few key strong-points of the language – let’s quickly run through them.
Admittedly, there are many different things that make up a good programming language. It’s usually a mixture of all of those things that help people decide whether the language is worth their attention or not. However, there are certain criteria that are “a must” – without them, a programming language would either be very difficult to learn or wouldn’t be worth the time, at all.
As I’ve stated earlier, community support is very important when it comes to a good programming language. But why is that the case? Sure, it’s nice to know that the language is loved and appreciated by a huge number of people worldwide, but there are some practical uses to that, as well.
A little while ago, I had a friend come up to me and say that he’d decided to learn programming, and has chosen some niche language to start off with (I can’t remember its name, which I guess proves the “niche” point even further). When we met about a week later, he seemed bummed out. When I asked him what was wrong, he told me that he had to give up on learning the programming language that he wanted – there’s simply no information about it available online.
Even though this is a rather specific case, these things actually do happen much more often than you would expect. That’s why popularity is important – if a programming language is popular, you can be sure that there’s going to be plenty of information, tutorials, and guides of how to successfully learn it found online. That’s a very important feature for beginners!
Ease of Use
Even though this might seem like an obvious point, it’s actually rather controversial. Let me explain.
If you’re a complete beginner in the field of programming, you’d probably want to take as easy of a route as possible. This means that you could choose a really simple programming language, skip all of the tough codings and thus learn really fast. While that does sound rather appealing, there are many industry veterans that are very adamant on the point that this is a really bad way of looking at it. They say that if you start with an easy language, you’ll completely miss the point of programming, and will lose the opportunity to learn some valuable skills.
Which one is more Popular?
Which one is Easier to Use?
Which one offers a better Salary?