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  • It was already on the server I was using and I didn't have to install it

    17 18.28%
  • It was free

    37 39.78%
  • I had an existing PHP program which I wanted to change

    14 15.05%
  • It was open source

    24 25.81%
  • It is the best language for web development

    17 18.28%
  • I heard about it and wanted to evaluate it

    29 31.18%
  • Hosting for it was cheap

    11 11.83%
  • Its on more hosts than other options

    14 15.05%
  • I heard it was easy to learn

    22 23.66%
  • Other (please specify below)

    22 23.66%
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    I had tons of ideas and couldn't afford to pay to have each site/idea developed so I decided to learn PHP to do my own work. This was a little over a year ago, and I really stoped programming after I did my first site, and then got into it last Jan. and since then I have been programming little site-apps non-stop Also was recently promoted to do php programming at my current job.

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    Where's the option 'PHP/fi was the cool new thing and I was sick of perl'?

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    PHP hosting is readily available and cheap. Also PHP is easy to learn IMO. At my full-time job everything is .NET for the most part. But for my personal business/sites it's strictly PHP / mysql.

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    Well, the reasons because of which I learned PHP(& am still learning) were:-
    1) Hosting for it is cheap when compared to ASP which is a bit expensive & JSP which is outrageous.
    2) I had not one but many PHP scripts that I wanted to try out but didn't know enough to mess around with them. Then when I decided to Blog again, I chose PHP b'coz of the cost factor & b'coz MySQL is more robust & fast than MS-Access & I couldn't afford MS-SQL. So, I had to learn PHP to modify the Blog software I was about to use.
    3) Since I already programmed in ASP & JSP, PHP was somewhat desirable to give my resume a bit fullness. Also, since mostly ASP is used around here, almost every developer dabble in it but when it comes to PHP, there are few out there. So, for good career perspectives, it was a must do situation.
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    i needed an online shop and all i found didn't fit what i was looking for.
    As a former C programmer PHP was of course the choice.
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    Always wanted more dynamic content to my sites, tried Perl; but was not picking it up as fast as I would of liked. Then I stumbled onto a simple script in PHP. Modified it a bit and have not looked back since.
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    I got into the web gamming thing and started creating a community with some friends until I saw some great dynamic sites and started wondering how can I make somehting like this. Tried some PERL and ASP with no success and finally got into PHP... since that moment I never stopped using it.
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    I was learning PERL, actually, and I had some problems. I found that there were not enough PERL people to help me out... So I learned PHP because it had a big user base.

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    Not to bring up a old topic...

    I learned PHP when my uncle made a comment about if I knew PHP, he had some
    web design jobs he could pass onto me. Needless to say, started trying.

    Now I'm finishing up my first "big" script (Blog system that works like a mini-Forum almost)
    and trying to start learning ASP (Not sure how big of a hope there is in that...)

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    I saw it about a year ago, and I love learning anything computer related. Found out that it was free, and started using it to build mini apps. The best part is, IT'S OPEN SOURCE! :-p
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    I needed it for my webdevelopment plans, I see now that Trying to learn php in 2 months isn't gonna work, but I'm gonna learn it anyways...

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    PHP was the first language I ever came upon. I asked in forums how I could make a script, and someone wrote a small PHP script. I'm extremely happy I started with PHP. It's very easy to work with, seems quite powerful, and secure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M36Teen
    I saw it about a year ago, and I love learning anything computer related. Found out that it was free, and started using it to build mini apps. The best part is, IT'S OPEN SOURCE! :-p
    Just a quick question - have you actually modified or even looked at the PHP source code?
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    I was looking for a job that was related to my major (IT). A friend told me that the company he's working for needed some help but I would have to learn PHP. One book (Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24hrs) and five day later is how the journey start for me.

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    I think he meant it doesn't scramble the code to make your script, like an exe file. maybe not.

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    I learnt PHP because I wanted to code my own forum software.

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    I was hired by a company as the sole web/application programmer, so i could do whatever the heck i wanted. They wanted me to work on a website with an incredible amount of dynamic content, so I went with PHP since it had a good reputation. Also I had played around with some CMSs like Mambo in the past (with very little success) so I decided to learn more PHP so I could create my own CMS.

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    i dont really know, infact, i cant remember!!!#

    I used to use NetObjects Fusion (WYSIWYG), and i was reccomended dreamweaver.

    When i got some real hosting (not free) i looked at PHP because alot of my mates were using it.

    I started it and did the things like putting my name in the page name and stuff, then the echo "helloe world"

    My fiorst PHP site (which i ws just looking at!!!) was pretty pants, it used an if statment to choose what text to display about an album.

    I have no idea why i can do what i can now, but i started on mysql a while back and ever since have been making SQL driven sites. No idea t all to be honest. I just likes the possibilities of it i think!

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    it seemed the next logical thing for me to learn and it was already offered by my host http://www.t35.com they are the best i swear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by augathra
    I think he meant it doesn't scramble the code to make your script, like an exe file. maybe not.
    Open Source has absolutely nothing to do with that. Open source is a development model, and a very good one, but it's still just a development model. Unless you specifically need to view or alter the source code, it holds as much relevance to the end product as whether the programmers drank Pepsi or Coca Cola when coding.
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    I learned it because I wanted to make a dynamic website, and unfortunately html isn't very dynamic

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    Because it's Free, as in Beer. Free Beer is Good.

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    I really can't remember why! It can't have been more than 2 or 3 years ago that I tried some stuff out for the first time, but I can't remember why anymore.

    Maybe I was just bored and wanted to do something I didn't know anything about.

    Edit:

    I still can't remember, but my friends say it must have been boredom.

    My current I-don't-know-what-I'm-doing project: a shopping cart/go-cart crossover (I found the shopping cart in a ditch somewhere)

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    i wanted to learn how to use dynamic data with flash so i bought the book PHP for Flash. One of the best moves I ever made.
    From here on, it's instinctual...even straight roads meander.


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