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I've been a PHP developer for 5 years now. Before I started working in that field, I've been practicing at home. I've created my own CMS, so I could actually show some of my code to the potential employer. In the final version, it had about 2,000 lines of code, and no one except me was using it. But that was not the case, because I've learned a lot during this project.

Lately I've decided to move forward and abandon web developing for sake of C/C++ programming. I've read a few books recommended on stackoverflow, skimmed over a glibc manual, and solved some problems on Project Eurler as adviced. Now it's time to start some project, but I can't come up with anything.

What is the next step I should take?

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From what I can see there's far more money in web stuff at the moment than C/C++ stuff –  James Jan 12 '13 at 17:21

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You want to leave web development and php, and move to C++. You mention switching languages, but not switchings application areas. As far as I know C++ is not used a lot for web dev, so what is the area you want to move to. I would pick a problen from that area, and use C++ to solve it, similar to how you have learned php by writing a CMS.

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As you might have already gathered, C++ is generally used for systems programming and GUI applications, along with some other smaller uses (contrary to popular belief, it has been used for Web Development, but that's not common at all).

There are two ways you could approach expanding out -- the first would be to find an open source project that needs help (which is generally all open source projects) and trying to understand the application and contribute to it.

The second is just to explore a bit. Is there anything you've wanted to build before? This is the time to try it -- whatever it is, make it fun, so that you can deal with the inevitable frustration that comes with new languages (and the fact that C++ doesn't have some conveniences that a scripting language like PHP has).

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"contrary to popular belief, it has been used for Web Development, but that's not common at all" => contrary to popular belief? Really, anything, I repeat anything, has been used for web development already. CGI was way to go back in 90s. You can even use LISP for web development. –  Falcon Jan 12 '13 at 23:11

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