[thelist] What's a Programmer To Do?

Fred Jones fredthejonester at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 08:22:44 CDT 2009

I started off some years ago programming in Perl and then switched to
PHP (not on purpose really). Of course HTML/CSS/JS/SQL are "par for
the course" in my business, which is making small to medium sized
sites for individuals, small businesses and NPOs. I then fell into
Drupal (not on purpose again) and have been working with that for
maybe 2 years. Before that I did a half a year with CakePHP.

I am getting mildly tired of Drupal. One reason is that I just learned
about the upgrade and EOL issue (Drupal 5 will be EOL'd later this
year meaning no more security updates. I didn't realize that when I
built over a dozen sites with it in the past year or so). Second is
that Drupal is a lot about configuration and using available module
code and less about just programming. I miss programming. I studied it
in University and I like it but I don't do *so* much of it now. :(

Could also just be that I am getting burned out of the same (Drupal)
project I have been working on for almost a year. :)

I was thinking of trying to switch back to CakePHP b/c the work there
is inherently mostly just coding. But a friend said to me that, in his
experience, the market is 3 to 1 in favor of requests for Drupal work
than Cake work. I would also consider Ruby on Rails I suppose, but
there would be more of a learning curve there.

Anyway, I'm just wondering what people think--I *may* be ready for a change. :)


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