I just realized that I love programming and just started learning PHP. Any advice on what is the best way to learn and become a backend developer?

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Good. irrespective of language you are learning, I suggest you to go through - http://www.norvig.com/21-days.html . This article helped me re-focus and become a better developer. It's really important to pickup good habits from early stages. Happy coding.

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Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter

... you can't find a better summary of programming exposure.

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