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PHP vs Java/JavaScript(Node.js & Sencha Touch)?

 
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Hi All,

This mail is regarding career guidance that I need at a very critical stage in my career. Before hitting the key-point, I would like to introduce myself as a software developer from India having an experience of one and a half years in Java and C development.

With respect to JavaScript, I can say that I'm quiet proficient with this language and I also have good working knowledge with respect to HTML/HTML5, CSS and Node.js. With my research, I found that JavaScript has tremendous scope in near future since it can now be used even on the server-side, and with applications like Sencha Touch, one can even develop applications for mobile. Moreover, Java is already creating boom in Android market. But unfortunately, there are no jobs as a JavaScript developer on Node.js/Sencha Touch in India as of current scenario.

Recently, I got an offer for PHP development from a start-up company that promises me to rise at highest echelons in my career ladder in a quick span of time but that would be using PHP. I'm in a big dilemma whether I should go for it for how bright is the scope of PHP in comparison to Java and JavaScript or continue with Java and wait for the right opportunity meanwhile improving my JavaScript. Or would it be right saying PHP has a good scope in comparison to Java/JavaScript.

Please do guide me regarding the same.

Thank-you very much for your time.
 
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No idea about the job market in India (probably better than here in the UK!), but my general impression is that there is a lot of PHP work around, because there are lots of (mainly open source) PHP websites around. But this work tends not to pay very well, and AFAIK not many people use PHP for their "enterprise" applications. If you were a specialist in building "enterprise" modules for the higher-end tools like Drupal or Typo3, then there might be a bit more scope for interesting work with PHP, but it doesn't seem to be a well-paid area generally.

JavaScript just seems to get bigger and bigger, and server-side JS seems to be a particular growth area - I'm no expert on this but I expect people will be trying to find ways to use JS for things they currently have to do with Java. So in a year or two you might find JavaScript is a good area to be in if you can start acquiring good skills/experience now.

Finally, Java will be around for decades, and India seems to have a lot of this work, so keeping your Java skills up to date seems like a sensible idea.

In the end, you need to think about what kind of work you want to do, how much you want to earn, and what kind of skills will be useful to you not just now but in a year or two's time.
 
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