Don't Use It, You Lose It

Posted on Mar 31 2008 in Web Development

A friend of mine has been using CakePHP to solve some problems where he works lately, and has been asking me for some help here and there. I always love to help as much as I can, but lately I've found my advice when it comes to CakePHP to be less helpful than it was in the past.

Now, ask me about Drupal stuff and I can answer most questions that you could come up with (I think?), but that's because I use Drupal day-in and day-out, for both my job and the hobby stuff I do on the side. The side effect is that I find my skills using other technologies suffer since I don't flex those muscles as much. I even worry about some basic coding skills -- since Drupal manages so much of the application execution process, I don't have to worry about a lot of the more technical (cool) stuff.

Don't get me wrong -- I love Drupal. I think it's the best CMS out there. I just wish I had more opportunity, time, and possibly motivation to use some of the other technologies I enjoy... like CakePHP.