A bit of history on me…. I’ve been coding websites for a very long time (1996), on MySpace when I had to fill out my “Favorite Book” question – I put Web Programming With Perl 5 (September, 1996 Publication). Yup, as of writing this post it’s two decades old. I used this book for many years teaching myself Perl for creating dynamic websites. What I’m going to share below is why I got into some sort of server side scripting. I hated having to fix a header or footer on every .html page of a site. I’m going to talk about PHP in this short post. Even though I started with a foundation in Perl, making the step to web programming with PHP was rather easy. (There are a few dark years of ColdFusion in between that we won’t talk about)
The photo with this post is my 20 year old copy of Using Perl 5 for Web Programming. If books had feelings, I’m sure it’s feeling really good right now knowing it helped me get my start into my career and to be included in this post.