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Moving from Java to PHP: a good career move?

 
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Hello,
I have 16 years of experience in Java/J2EE. I also have working knowledge of other languages like Python, Scala etc. Recently a recruiter came up with a position in a company that is doing very well however 90% of the work will be in PHP. I was wondering as to is it a good career move to go from Java to PHP? Most of the internet posts seems to suggesting that developers want to move from Java to PHP.
 
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Venkat Dabri wrote:Most of the internet posts seems to suggesting that developers want to move from Java to PHP.


This is not something I've ever seen a trend for. But that has nothing at all to do with whether it would be a good career move for you or not.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:

Venkat Dabri wrote:Most of the internet posts seems to suggesting that developers want to move from Java to PHP.


This is not something I've ever seen a trend for. But that has nothing at all to do with whether it would be a good career move for you or not.


Sorry I meant that most of the posts seems to suggest that developers want to move from PHP to Java not the other way around
 
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PHP is a good skill to have. A lot of work these days is being done using platforms like WordPress, Drupal, and similar PHP-based systems. It won't necessarily pay better than a Java position, however - the usual priority for an employer using these systems is fast-and-cheap.

Personally, I use PHP for quite a bit of my quick-and-dirty web work. I prefer Java when performance, security and a rich toolset are priority items. PHP isn't as well equipped for those needs and last time I looked, it was still struggling to become object-oriented.

A software house is likely to be an either-or situation. General business these days often has both and quite a few other platforms running as well.
 
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Venkat Dabri wrote:I was wondering as to is it a good career move to go from Java to PHP?


Its certainly important to keep an eye on trends, but if you do an internet search on IT salaries you will likely find that Java skills currently attract maybe 20% or so higher salaries than PHP.
You may get the odd blip where a specific company has a lot of work on and so are offering above average for PHP skills but I would look carefully at the bigger picture before bailing out.
 
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