PHP is a widely used server-side programming language commonly used for website development.
Frequently Asked Questions
When was PHP originally developed?
The orginal version of PHP was developed beginning in 1994, and announced to the programming community on Usenet in 1995. Rasmus Lerdorf, the programmer who created the first version of PHP, originally developed the language to work with web forms and databases on his personal website. For this reason, he originally called the language Personal Home Page Tools (PHP Tools).
When Lerdorf released PHP, he never intended for it to grow into a full-blown programming language. However, over time it became desirable for additional features to be added to the language, and PHP grew from being a simple toolset to a robust programming language. Unfortunately, due to the haphazard development process, and the lack of any formal planning during the early days of development, PHP suffers from a number of inconsistencies in the naming of functions and the ordering of parameters, leading some programmers to have a high level of disdain for working with PHP.
When was the name changed from Personal Home Page to PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor?
When PHP3 was released in 1997 the meaning of PHP was reworked from Personal Home Page to PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor to reflect the fact that PHP had grown from being a simple limited set of tools to a general purpose programming language.
What is a server side language?
Server side programming languages are languages that are processed by the web server rather than by the browser.