big PHP history

PHP was created by Rasmus Lerdorf on an uncertain day in the fall of 1994. First it was his “Personal Home Page” to track visitors of his resume 🤭. And then day by day more functions were added to the PHP tool. In 1995, the tools were released to the public for developers to use them as well. After a few months the name PHP was replaced with FI (Forms Interpreter). But thank god this only lasted for one month and “PHP” was back as a tool again 🥹. 

Next year there was another makeover 😳. PHP/FI was introduced to the developers. From being only a tool, little PHP was slowly becoming a programming language. And also people were happy like 🥳 because of its similarity to C, Perl and other similar languages. And Rasmus was like omg :0 this is becoming a real language now.

In June of 1996 PHP/FI version 2.0 was released :0. Our little PHP was developing so fast 🥺 and becoming a big programming language. In the late 90s PHP was getting widely popular among developers. And then bam 💥😳 PHP version 3.0 was released omg. It was getting closer to today’s PHP.

Thinking that PHP/FI 2.0 lacked many properties, for their university project Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski reached Rasmus online to rewrite PHP/FI version 2.0. Three of them collaborated developing PHP as version 3.0. This new version of PHP was so powerful o.o it was providing many more stuff to its users such as object oriented programming, APIs, interface for multiple databases and so on (and btw if you don’t know what these stuff are we will learn them together don’t worry 💜). With that, PHP 3.0 was installed on 10% of the web servers 🥳.

Even after this great version Gutmans and Suraski didn’t stop working and wanted to have a better PHP version. They wanted PHP to handle more complex applications. So in 1999 this new engine called “Zend Engine ” was introduced o.o if you pay attention closely , its combination of the names Zeev and Andi. In 2000, based on Zend Engine, PHP version 4.0 was released :0. Finally it was highly developed, supporting many more web servers, HTTP sessions and was more secure with handling user input 🥲 (happy tears) .

So that’s the long birth of PHP.  We are very thankful to him because many websites are based on PHP. So we say thank you Rasmus 🫡💜


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