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10 facts you may or may not know about PHP

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.

Posted in Funny on the 14th April 2010


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