Vincent Stoessel wrote:

> On another list that I am on someone made this very bold
> statement:
> "I've seen a lot of jobs for ColdFusion & Oracle or MS SQL server
> experience combinations.  Don't let anyone fool you, PHP/MySQL is not
> going to land you a job  [;)] "
> now, as someone that was making avery good living doing Linux based
> web application development last year and now among the jobless I am 
> beginning
> to question the validity of having all of my eggs in the LAMP  (linux 
> apache mysql php)
> basket.  I just recently built a NT4 to do some win based development 
> on. I still have
> not installed any development enviroment cause it just feels so alien. 
> Has anyone else
> out there feeling the pressure of going to the win32 side  to pay the 
> bills.
> Thoughts?

This really depends on how you want to work and/or approach 'jobs'.

Do you consider a job a place to go for 40 hours a week and get a 
paycheck?  Or is it more than that?

Being able to positively improve an employer's bottom line is always a 
plus you can bring to any 'job' - you're there to do work and make them 
money too.  If you can help by furthering the use of Linux/PHP/etc due
to the licensing cost issues, so much the better.

I will never again (bold words I know) *merely* have a job where I'm
told what to do by someone who doesn't really give a rat's ass about me. 
  :)  (been there done that too many times).  When approaching a job 
now, I would be more proactive about what impact I can make in a 
company, and  the Linux/PHP skills/experience would be a facet of that, 
no doubt.

Sure, there are many people advertising for "ASP" developers, etc. 
Perhaps they're not finding qualified people, and need to advertise? 
I'd say PHP/MYSQL won't land you a job, but neither will CF, or Java, or 
anything else.  You need to sell YOURSELF, and if you sell your ability 
to further a company's objectives (make money) many won't care what you 
use, or at least won't care to the point of restricting you.  There will 
always be shops that are CF only, or MS only, or whatever.  But there's 
a (growing, I think) number of businesses out there that simply need to 
have things work - be the person who helps them achieve their goals, and 
you'll succeed just fine.

Michael Kimsal
PHP Training Courses

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