Article: PHP is 10 years old

by Cale D. Hollingsworth

I can't believe PHP is 10 years old

When I first started developing web applications in 1994, there was really only one choice. Perl.

Early in 1995, my friend, who was also my systems administrator at the time, introduced me to PHP. It was a small CGI that parsed script tags embedded WITHIN the HTML No more building entire HTML documents from within Perl printf functions Oh Joy.

When Rasmus started developing an Apache plugin (PHP/FI), I was certainly hooked. I developed my first ecommerce site in 1995 using PHP/FI & mSQL and it was a huge success. Since then, my companies have developed dozens of projects and applications from small to large using the LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) platform. This platform has matured to the point where it is ubquitous to world wide web. Even this very site is powered by LAMP.

Some Trivia... During the early years of the Internet boom (19941996), my company HolliCom Internet Services hosted the main PHP mailing list and some of the PHP website for Rasmus.

Rasmus was always extremely gracious with his support and I will always feel a debt of gratitude to him for enabling me to make a living all these years. 10 of them

So, happy birthday to PHP Here's to many more

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