There’s so much to know when it comes to web design and development. Anybody who wants to get a start in the web design industry is probably going to have a rough time figuring out what to look for and what to learn. Unfortunately a lot of people get the idea that PHP is where you start, but actually that isn’t the case. If you want to learn web design the first place to start is HTML. In fact, if you want to take the gradient even lower, you could start by building some simple WordPress websites and learning a thing or two about that. When it comes to PHP, you’re starting to get into some more advanced stuff. There’s a group of PHP programmers in Nashville, TN who have been in the business for years and they say that WordPress is the best place to start. However, this article is about PHP, so if you’re “in the know” you’re welcome to keep reading. Otherwise, feel free to read up on HTML.
What is a PHP Cowboy?
PHP Cowboy was a term coined by Hans Von Zicker in 1999 in Geneva Switzerland. While PHP was hardly new, it was still in the prime of its development. In fact, Coders from around the world were updating PHP with new code constantly. Amazing new scripts were available, new strings of code, beautiful designs etc. The PHP cowboys were the innovators in the coding industry who contributed to some of the major developments of PHP.
Unless you were a coder in the 90’s, you probably wouldn’t remember Hans and his “cowboys”. There really weren’t a whole lot of them (probably close to 150 or so). A large group of these so called cowboys were located in Nashville Tennessee. That’s why Hans chose the term “cowboys”. It was appropriate in the sense that these individual men and women were innovators and pioneers in the earlier stages of PHP, while also they happen to reside in the South. That isn’t to say all people from the South are cowboys, however the stereotype fit perfectly with circumstances.
At a time when PHP was hardly heard of, people were working diligently to improve on it. These guys truly were pioneers. You too can become a pioneer in programming. You should start by learning PHP (click here to learn out about PHP).
Today’s PHP Cowboys
Today you’re lucky if you ever hear about these PHP cowboys. They reside all over the world now. One company called Nashville Web Design hosts 3 of the original PHP cowboys. Their names are James, Emmerson and Edward. James and his gang take pride in the influence that they’ve had in the world of programming and it shows in their works today. They approach every web design project with the utmost professionalism and care available in the industry. The coding providing in most of their PHP work is fairly unique and shows good taste.
There are only about 98 PHP cowboys left in the world today. Some have passed away while others have gone missing (more than likely they just moved away from where they lived in the 90’s). If you happen to meet one, make sure to bow down because you’re talking to a legend!