Web & Programming

PHP: Powerful, Hot, and Painless Programming

There's no questioning the popularity of PHP technologies on the Web. After all, PHP, aka "Personal Home Page" (yeah, we didn't know that, either), is sitting pretty at the number 2 spot on the Elance Online Work Index Top 100 list. But what exactly makes it one of the most sought after programming skills by businesses today? This month, we've brought in Jeffrey McManus, CEO of Platform Associates, to give us some insight.

In the past few years, PHP has emerged as one of the A-list programming languages, taking its place alongside Java and the .NET Framework as one of the most popular languages for developing web sites. In fact, PHP is currently used to create some of the highest volume web sites in the world, including Yahoo!, Facebook, and many others.

A big reason for PHP's popularity is its ease of use, unique suitability to the web development use case, and good performance. Because PHP's core libraries are written in C++, PHP developers can enjoy the productivity associated with a scripting language while taking advantage of the performance benefits of a compiled language.

9 New Skill Tests Now In The Mix

Calling all self-proclaimed ASP.Net, Amazon Web Services and Twitter experts! We've added 9 brand new tests for you to strut your professional stuff. And, in case you missed last month's announcement, skill tests are now absolutely free. Added this month are:

Amazon Web Services
ASP.Net 2.0 using C#
ASP.Net 2.0 using VB
ASP.Net 3.5 using C#
ASP.Net 3.5 using VB
DotNet 2.0 using C#
DotNet 2.0 using VB
Operations Management
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MySQL: Why It's Hot

MySQL is currently the third most in-demand skill on Elance, moving up three spots since October.  In the last 30 days alone over 1,200 MySQL projects were posted.

In case you're not familiar, here's some background:  MySQL is an open-source relational database management system with over 11 million installations worldwide.  When Facebook first launched, they used MySQL to manage all their data - and they still use it today.

16 Must-Have Online Tools for Freelance Programmers

With the number of free plug-ins, toolbars, applications and other widgets ever increasing, you may wonder which ones are really worth your time.

As a freelance programmer, the last thing you have time to do is research online tools – so Elance did it for you. Check out our list of 16 online tools that may help you save time and increase quality.

Elancer Changes Lives with 'Gratitude' for iPhone

Carla White is an advocate of daily expressions of gratitude and began keeping a gratitude journal last year. She believes that reflecting on her day and jotting down all the thing things she is thankful for has changed her life dramatically – for the better.

Wanting the world to share in her experience, Carla took the concept of a gratitude journal into the iPhone/iTouch world and created a new application available in the iTunes Apps store today – Gratitude.

Elancer Launches a New Business for 2009

Do you still dream of being your own boss and following your passion - despite the current economic environment? Jeff Novich, founder of VocabSushi, shares the story of how he launched his new business during one of the most uncertain economic times in U.S. history, and just in time for 2009.

Read on for Jeff’s story:

Easy SEO for Joomla and Drupal

In most cases, a website content management system (CMS) is not just an option for success of a website, it’s a requirement. Two of the more popular CMS choices around today are Drupal and Joomla.

But how do you make sure your CMS system is configured properly for search engine marketing (SEO)?

Read below for a short SEO to-do list that will help draw traffic to your Drupal or Joomla website.

Super-Elancer Dan Pierson Dabbles in Both Worlds

Dan Pierson found success while leveraging both Elance worlds – working as a provider and hiring as an employer.  As an Elance provider, Dan completed over 30 writing jobs, and currently uses Elance as his main source of income.  As an Elance employer, Dan hires providers located down the street from his office to around the world, and turned his business idea into reality.

Having just joined Elance in January of this year, Dan experienced quick success both as an employer and as a provider, and is thrilled to share how he did it.

Remote Experts Help Launch a New Business

Inspired by Tim Ferriss's book, 4-Hour Workweek, elancer Jesse Krieger set a challenge for himself: Launch a new business relying exclusively on the help of remote experts. Here's Jesse's story:

“A few months ago, I read about Elance in the 4-Hour Workweek and was blown away," Jesse said. “The idea of having a business staffed entirely by workers via the internet and not having to deal with an office environment was motivating.”

Stay-At-Home Dad Dreams Big and Finds Success

Elance provider Frederick Pohl’s lifelong dream was to become a successful business owner and family man. His dream became a reality earlier this year when he launched his design business, Pohl Media, on Elance – giving him more time to spend at home with his new daughter.

How did Frederick do it? Here’s his story in his own words:


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