PHP is a flexible and powerful scripting language that computer programmers use, especially in the development of web-related tools, applications, and services. A PHP developer is simply someone who performs this work as part of a team within a company.
A PHP developer is often an integral part of any IT or information services department within a company that maintains a dynamic web presence. The PHP developer helps to ensure the smooth running of the various web-based processes and infrastructure that power these functions. Processes that may seem simple, such as registering an account or the secure handling of e-commerce transactions, are typically the kinds of things a PHP developer creates. PHP developers typically use that scripting language with other programming languages to facilitate the creation of easily managed, menu-driven systems and to access the data and reports stored within databases in the website's infrastructure. Because such access and the materials stored within them are often very dynamic, a PHP developer spends a great deal of his or her time finding and eliminating potential scripting errors within the web application's systems.
To work as a PHP developer, a person must typically have at least a bachelor’s degree related to computer programming and development, which heavily incorporates the usage of PHP scripting and associated tools. Most developers will seek out internships while in school to acquire rudimentary experience before joining the job market. PHP developers typically work in an IT office environment during regular hours of the day, but some companies require these scripting programmers to be available on call 24/7.
PHP Developer Tasks
Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
Test and document software for client applications.
Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.