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History of PHP


PHP is a server side scripting language. It is also called an HTML embedded scripting language. Generally PHP uses for Dynamic web application. PHP stood for Personal Home Page now it stands for Hypertext Pre-processor.

History of PHP

Originally PHP is created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994 and set its roots in June 8, 1995. PHP web server basically used an interpreter on your server that return the output of the given script.

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Rasmus Lerdorf

Basically PHP is used in web development and you can say that web application and website development.

PHP version history

PHP/FI 2.0  (In June of 1995)

The parser was largely hand written so often encountered errors.

PHP 3  (In June, 1998)

Limited object oriented support and a lot of PHP growth.

PHP 4   (Middle of 2000)

The most important change made for PHP 4 was the switch to the ZEND engine. More resources used in PHP scripts like database connection and file.

PHP 4 introduced multi-threading and compile first, execute later.

And PHP runs a lot of servers:-

  • Apache Web Server
  • Microsoft’s IIS
  • Zeus
  • AOLServer and more

PHP 5   (In July 2004)

PHP 5 was brought step forward for the language and offered lots of functionalities.

  • Object oriented support
  • Improved MySQl Extension
  • Flat file database SQLite
  • PDO Extension
  • Error handling with exception
  • XML tools
  • And a lot of features given in PHP 5.

Some PHP statics

In January 2013,According to Netcraft’s survey 39% (244M) of website are running PHP. Of sites that run PHP, 78% are served from Linux computers, followed by 8% on FreeBSD.

A lot of website that is used PHP include content management systems like

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal

And a lot of e-commerce solutions

  • Zencart
  • Scommerce and
  • Magento

Only content management systems and e-commerces applications were found running on a total of 32 M sites all over the word.


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