My Laravel Journey: Books That Paved the Way I became a web-developer when YouTube tutorials weren’t still that popular. Everyone was just starting out and I had no idea where to begin. Since I didn’t know much about development, I didn’t even know which questions to ask. I pieced together a rudimentary understanding of what web-developers do by catching tech-talk from some of my coworkers in the software development department (I wasn’t in that department yet). What I heard was, “something something PHP.” Well, maybe PHP could help me, so I set out to learn PHP. I had enough sense to