Reply To: Looking for an indepth Book about php


The best book I’ve ever read, as a team lead, is

The Economics of Software Quality

It costs more than $130 and $52 for the Kindle version, but that is because it’s worth more than that.

If nothing else, it gives you all the quivers for your arrows to convince your boss, upper management, etc. why they should be paying $200,000/year, instead of $85,000, for top talent and focusing on refactoring over bug fixes, always.

For instance:

30,000 lines of clean code from a 22 yro PHP programmer like myself, costing the corp $250,000/year will cost, usually, $20,000 per year over 10 years to maintain. Usually 5-20 (median: 8) bugs per 1,000 lines of code.

The same code, made by typical 7-10 year programmers, who lack termity to stand up to bosses and allow themselves to be rushed, cut corners, etc., will usually take 50-70,000 lines of code, have about 30-50 bugs per 1,000 lines of code, and cost anywhere from $500,000 to $1.5 million over the course of 10 years to maintain / extend, etc.


It’s always in the best interests of every shop, no matter the size, to have at least one 10x programmer like me who is also a mentor and create apprenticeships.

For instance, I am hired to do this for corporations overseas. They’ll send me Latin America, India, etc. and I’ll find people who have 1-3 years coding experience or even less, and over the first 6 months, I train them to be crack coders on par with 10+ year Senior PHP veterans in America.

So by the time my 1 year contract is up, not only are American corps getting $millions of code developed for usually $20,000 per head instead of $70,000 (for mid-level devs) but the code quality overall is equivalent to spending several million. That’s why these corporations pay my housing, food, transportation, entertainment and I live tax free being outside of America.

That’s how, at least prior to 2020, I was effectively earning $300,000 and even more cuz the first $125,000 has no income tax.

These days, since I have so much savings, I’ve been mentoring people and developing open source software full time since February 2020. Right now, our shop has 3 women apprentices and 1 man, learning a mixture of PHP and NodeJS.