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History of PHP

Jun 18, 2015

PHP has come a long way from humble beginnings: it started out being a collection of tools (mostly Perl scripts) that recorded the traffic on Rasmus Lerdorf’s online resume (PHP stood for Personal Home Pages,) and has risen to being a fully object oriented language. It has become the leading language on the web: more websites run on PHP than all the other websites combined (we’ll look at the stats shortly.) In the mean time sites like Facebook and Wikipedia have grown to dominate the web, CMS systems like Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal and many more have become the foundations of a great number of websites, and frameworks have blossomed: from Codeigniter to Zend Framework, Yii to Laravel, you are simply swamped with choices when searching for one to use. Design patterns seem to matter lately, with MVC being the most popular.

When you stop to think about it, you wonder why so many websites are built on PHP. If you have ever developed anything in PHP, though, you will realize why: PHP is easy to learn, has great documentation, is simple to host and setup on a server and there are many IDEs that support PHP to a great degree (Zend Studio, Netbeans and PHPStorm are just the top of a very deep barrel.) You can connect PHP to just about any database, including – but not limited to – MySQL, MSSQL and Oracle

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