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Of course. Even if it's just to maintain older code bases. It's not as shit as people make it out to be.
Personally, unless I'm writing something that's heavy Windows / Visual Studio integrated, I'm using Go to write backend web systems.
Is PHP still worth learning? It's been around before aol chatrooms.
lynda.com free seven days and do the php course
also set up a local eviroment if on pc try WAMP not sure mac version but sure its out there ...
i like php storm for my ide lots of great tools for tracking code changes
learn what variables are , loops , arrays and if statements and youll be working for in code in no time ...
As far as Ruby or Python "forcing you" to write better code. You can write shit code in any language. It may be easier to do so in PHP since it's not strict object oriented.
Ruby and Python gigs are more lucrative (at the moment), and I really like the way Rails works. But ,I still think PHP is better as a first language to learn.
How so? > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
Ruby is dying
Learn PHP. Once you know that you can choose to delve into Rails/Django/Node/whatever the flavour of the minute is. PHP has the benefit of an absolutely massive community, a decade of tutorials/plugins/etc, and requires nothing more than a text editor and a shared webhost (or local machine) to run. Rails/Node/and particularly Django are going to be much harder to find learning materials on, because they are much smaller communities. They are all fine technologies, but they're 'worth more' because hardly anybody knows them (compared to PHP), and that's not a great thing when you're learning.
oh and google is by far the best website for tutorials
Fair enough, thanks guys.
I think I've heard Ruby is easier to read/learn, I'll give it a try.
If you just want to make something for yourself on shared hosting learn PHP.
If you actually want to get into web dev then Ruby/Python/Node are going to be more lucrative if you're good.
If your starting from scratch, learn Ruby on Rails or Django Python... Pay is better and forces you to write your code better... if you do want to really just stick with PHP learn writing php with a framework like http://ellislab.com/codeigniter ... or there are a million other ones out there... http://www.lynda.com/ is great for tutorials but its not free...
What are the best resources online?
There are many websites, but which are the good ones?