A PHP developer is a developer who works on "PHP", one of the most common development languages, especially for building dynamic websites.
Relatively easy to learn, PHP allows a multitude of features to be incorporated into web applications by being executed on the server side.
The role of php programmers will be to create dynamic web pages via different frameworks (Laravel, Symfony, Zend…) according to the needs of his client or his employer.
First, the PHP developer identifies and analyzes the needs of his client / employer through the study of the specifications that he can help write.
Following a benchmark of existing solutions, he chooses the most suitable by using, for example, certain specific frameworks such as the most widespread MVC frameworks: Symfony and Laravel.
It develops, thanks to PHP, dynamic web pages communicating with the MySQL server using among others LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), MAMP (Mac, Apache, MySQL, PHP) or WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP).
The main tasks of the PHP developer are therefore:
Develop dynamic web pages
Participate in the software and server architecture
Configure Apaches and MySQL servers and structure databases
Maintain the website and web services operational via debugging and updates
Write technical documentation
Carry out integration tests
Monitor technology in order to stay up to date
Who are the main contacts of the PHP developer
The main collaborators of the PHP programmer are his fellow developers (backend and / or frontend), lead developer and web project managers who know the needs and expectations of the client or employer.
Depending on the size of his company, he can be supervised directly by a lead developer or a CTO, and work with other digital professionals: Web integrator, Graphic designers, Web copywriters, DevOps etc.