Saturday, December 08, 2012

Chowda Chat | Larry Ullman

Chowda Chat
is a periodic Beantown Web installment that features a conversation with an influential member of the Web technology community.

The purpose of Chowda Chat is to provide Web technology professionals with information to help advance their careers. The format involves three questions and responses followed by one final thought.

Today's Chowda Chat presents the insights of Larry Ullman, writer, Web and software developer, trainer, instructor, speaker, and consultant.

You are the author of 23 technology books.  Do you ever run out of topics or ideas?

"We're fortunate to be in an industry in which lots of new and exciting developments are constantly occurring, so it has not been difficult coming up with topics and ideas. Basically, I write about what I use and find interesting.  That being said, after I finish my current book on the Yii PHP framework, I have no idea what I'll write about next."

What is your best selling book of all time?

"My best selling book is PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide, put out by Peachpit Press. Second, is my beginner's guide to PHP, PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide.  My Modern JavaScript: Develop and Design book has only been out not quite a year, but its sales look like they'll be in the same ballpark as those other two. These sales make sense, I think, as PHP and JavaScript are two of the most important and used Web technologies."

You are visiting Boston to present "How to Become a Web Developer."  Is there one highlight from your presentation that you would like to mention here to entice aspiring web developers to attend?

"One thing I'm doing in the presentation, which is harder to find, is discussing how one goes about the business of being a Web developer. This includes starting up, finding clients, and working with clients. I have some good insights to share in these areas, which should be quite useful to those in attendance."

Final Thought

"If I had to summarize who I am (from a work-related perspective) in a single sentence, it’d be this: I’m not a computer geek, but I can speak their language."
Spend an FREE evening with Larry Ullman on Wednesday, December 12 in Cambridge, MA and join 300 other geeks and wannabe geeks in learning How to Become a Web Developer.

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