Keep Your LAMP Skills Trimmed and Burning

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Pardon the punning reference to the old Blind Willie Johnson tune, but it's a sunny Friday and, by happy coincidence, one of our key contributors, G.1440, uploaded a sample job description that has the song on my mind.

The description, a job posting looking for a LAMP-focused Web developer, can help if you are an IT manager crafting a job description to attract top-quality applicants, or if you are an IT pro tailoring your resume to make the highest impact on a prospective employer.


This much-sought-after breed of developer creates application and Web servers using the LAMP software bundle or "stack," which includes the Linux operating system, Apache HTTP server, MySQL database software and the PHP scripting language (or Python and/or Perl).


IT Business Edge's IT Downloads features several resources devoted to further a career in open source software development. Here's a sample:

  • The State of Linux Adoption - Mike Vizard's slideshow shares his observations on a survey on Linux usage and planned usage conducted by The Linux Foundation.
  • Open Source License Guide - This guide provides a clear and easy-to-understand chart of the obligations attached to various open source software licenses such as GPL, LGPL, Apache, New BSD and Mozilla.

  • Job Description: SQL Database Administrator - SQL DBAs are vital cogs in your data management program who are responsible for tasks ranging from database design to application programming. This sample job description will help you make the right hire.

  • "PHP and MySQL for Dummies" Excerpt - Learn what you need to know about MySQL data security, adding new MySQL accounts, modifying existing accounts, changing passwords, making backups and repairing and restoring data.

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