I'm an electronics engineer by education(M.sc.).Recently, I've started a new job as a PHP and jQuery developer in a company that develops web applications for banks and the stock market.
There's no doubt that web development is very complex in the technical aspect.There are tons of the technical subtleties you need to know in handling forms,using databases,parsing strings, running jquery and configuring Apache.However, I cannot help wondering how often do you encounter interesting algorithms in the area of PHP and jQuery...There is of course the example of Google, whose algorithms are a whole scientific field, but I don't know if its the case in most sites...
I presume some of you worked in development of desktop applications with C++/C# or something of that kind.Do you find the same level of intellectual challenge in the area of the web?
Despite my background in hardware, I don't mind working in software as long as its interesting...I'm just wondering whether this job is right for me or not.
Thanks for your opinion in advance.