Here are some interesting facts you may or may not know about the PHP programming language. Be warned, these facts are probably not worth bringing up at your friends party – Unless you happen to be at party specifically for us type of geeks.
Fact one – Release date
PHP was initially released on June 8th, 1995 however development started in 1994.
Fact two – Name
Originally PHP stood for Personal Home Page however in 1997 the name was changed to PHP: Hypertext Processor, a recursive initialism (An abbreviation that refers to itself).
Which name do you prefer?
Fact three – CGI and onwards
PHP was originally written as a set of Common Gateway Interface binaries written in C.
Fact four – Operating systems
Almost every operating system can run PHP. Thankfully it’s something people can’t argue about between OS X, Linux and Windows.
Fact five – Procedural or OOP
PHP was originally crafted as a procedural scripting language however the developers adopted and now maintain PHP as procedural and objected oriented. PHP is not a native OO language.
Fact six – Original developers name
The first release of PHP was developed by Rasmus Lerdorf
Fact seven – Why PHP exists
PHP was originally written to replace a set of perl scripts to maintain the original developers personal home pages – see where the original name came from?
Fact eight – Licensing
Contrary to what most believe, PHP is free software and released under its own license, not the GNU General Public License.
Fact nine – Web 2.0 Statistics
PHP powers roughly 75% of all Web 2.0 sites
Fact 10 – Power == Awesomeness
A great deal of large web applications and online brands are powered by PHP, Facebook, Digg, Flickr, YouTube and Wikipedia to name a few.