KUALA LUMPUR, 11 APRIL 2010 Two major initiatives have been launched to help Malaysia-based PHP developers following an agreement between the government ICT agency MDeC, Microsoft Malaysia, and local community of PHP developers PHP.net.my.
The two initiatives PHPAcade.my, a comprehensive online PHP on Windows training programme, and PHPMarketplace.my, a PHP on Windows jobs matching portal would help local developers open new market opportunities, according to PHP.net.my founder Ahmad Amran Kapi.
It's a complex Web world out there and no single platform can address all the needs, said Amran. Although Linux is still the most frequently used platform for PHP deployments, PHP developers are increasingly using Windows for their deployment platform of choice as many organisations require new applications to run on their existing Windows environment.
Our goal is to give the PHP developers the ability to take advantage of this growing opportunity by making them proficient in coding PHP on Windows too, thus opening new markets and new opportunities for those who already understand PHP on Linux, he said.
The PHPAcade.my is an online, self-paced training facility that will provide thorough, yet easy to follow instructions for deploying PHP, which is a general-purpose scripting language widely used to create Web applications, on the Windows platform to all interested developers from around the world. The programme features Microsoft content and course materials and thus provides PHP developers with a structured and comprehensive educational opportunity to understand how to develop PHP on Windows.
PHP on Windows programme
Based on our score+ exercise, last conducted in August 2008, MSC [Multimedia Supercorridor] Malaysia companies generated about US$370 million (RM1.2) billion in PHP software development and services related revenue. This means that the actual number could be much higher, said Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), vice president, industry development division, Saifol Bahri Shamlan.
The PHP Windows Training Kit developed by Microsoft is a direct result of the PHP developer community telling us that they needed better means to enrich their PHP on Windows knowledge, said Microsoft Malaysia director, platform strategy, Akmal Jaafar.
Working together with PHP.net.my and MSC Malaysia, Microsoft is certain that PHPAcade.my will bring a great value and PHP on Windows credentials to the Malaysian market and the world, said Akmal.
Microft Malaysia general manager, local software innovations, Azli Jamil said Microsoft has consistently focused on increasing the competitiveness of Malaysian ICT SMEs (small and medium enterprises). More than 20m PHP sites worldwide with more than 30 per cent market share.
PHPMarketplace.my monetising opportunities
PHP.net.my will also help the graduates of PHPAcade.my find opportunities to monetise their skills and knowledge by creating PHPMarketplace.my, an online service to match PHP on Windows developers to organisations, which are looking for such software development services, said PHP.net.my's Amran.
Through PHPMarketplace.my the companies or individuals will bid for the jobs and the job advertisers will select the winning bidders based on their credentials, experience and price, he said. Graduates from PHP Acade.my will be channelled to PHPMarketplace.my although other companies and individuals are also welcome to participate.
Crucial to the country's economic growth is MSC Malaysia's role as a national initiative to promote the ICT industry to cultivate an innovation economy, said MDeC director, global profiling and portfolio management, Mohamad Rizatuddin Mohd Ramli.
We are committed to helping the ICT industry adopt global best practices and to nurture the development of a world-class force of highly skilled IT professionals, said Rizatuddin.
As the key driver and catalyst in ICT, MSC Malaysia aims to empower businesses through ICT, and inculcate innovation framework and thinking among MSC Malaysia beneficiaries through initiatives like the PHPAcade.my and PHPMarketplace.my and in the process, set the stage to raise the skills and capabilities of Malaysian software developers, he said.
For the PHP.net.my initiatives, MDeC is investing a total of US$59,144 (RM190,000), of which US$15,564 (RM50,000) has been disbursed to create a total of 100 to 500 man hours, with another 100 jobs by the end of 2010, he said.
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