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Why PHP developer doesn’t fit in as PHP consultant?

Let me start off my saying PHP Developer is not a PHP Consultant. If you have ever worked with a PHP developer before, you may have noticed few annoying things – unrealistic development promises, absence of long term commitments etc. May be you have seen a PHP developer quitting the project in between or not responding to your calls for weeks together. If you think why it is so – I would say that’s why they are called PHP Developers.

Yes, that’s a basic difference between a PHP Developer & PHP consultant. The PHP consultants are oriented towards fact & time. They speak the hard truth no matter what would be after effect – facts are facts!

PHP Developer

Being made a point above, that is not an only reason to choose a PHP consultant over PHP developer. If you have spoken to a PHP consultant before the way they put their thoughts are much different than PHP developer.PHP developer speaks in terms of what needs to be developed , but PHP consultant speaks in terms of what needs to be achieved & how it helps the business or client. PHP consultant take the “ownership” of the project they do – let me tell you ownership mindset come by hard way.

PHP developer collects your requirements and implements them – that’s the deliverable from his perspective. PHP consultant collects your business problems, analyses them, propose alternative in the business process then implements the required solution. He / She takes a long route – that’s how they work and tries to make things perfect, hence PHP consultant.

One last point, I have met many PHP developers in which majority of them takes up a project just to earn money – in fact few of them are in friend list. There is an absence of real passion towards software. PHP consultant involves in a project with passion & tends to make wise decisions.

Key Takeaway

  • PHP Consultant speaks the facts to its hardest extent
  • PHP developer collects requirement , PHP consultant collects business problems
  • PHP consultant analyze problems, recommend change in business process & then implements solution
  • PHP developer thinks in a different way than that of PHP consultant – Ownership mindset matters!
  • PHP consultant drives himself / herself in the project mostly for passion towards software
  • Umair

    That should have been named as difference b/w developer and consultant, i don’t see the point of including PHP here!

    • Sachin G Kulkarni

      May be you are right. But I am not sure the same is true for every field out their. I know PHP world better than anything else.

  • Barkha Mehta

    PHP Developers will think really hard now. An Interesting fact (y) liked it. Really Thoughtful Approach towards one’s Career!!!

  • Sachin G Kulkarni

    One of the LinkedIn user asked me ” Would you define the difference between a consultent and developer by theire way of working? Because I woud call myself a developer, but I don’t reconize myself in your description of it.”. Following is the my answer to it.

    Consultant do the same job as developer do, but they do it differently. For example : Consultant tries to understand the business process, recommend changes & improvements in business process , then develop the software requirement.

  • Wim Ulkeman

    Thanks for answering the question. Based on it I would be more a consultent than a developer. However it will be confusing for clients (and developers) to know the difference. Most people I know that work at compagnies call themself developers, aldo based on your description they would be consultants. True, there are people who only work for the money, but quiet a lot do put a lot of theire spirit in theire projects, and keep on doing this for many years. Bottomline is that I would not make the difference based on the term consultant or developer, but rather give some pointers on which you can recognize a enthoutiastic programmer.

  • vinodh

    I agree with Umair. This is applicable across all technologies.