I read this somewhere that PHP is a programming language every developer should know. The blog kind of fascinated me though I do not belong to a computer science or information technology background. Being a researcher and especially from a mathematical sciences background, curiosity and inquisitiveness comes free with the Degree certificate. So I started collecting information to satisfy my knowledge-craving through a universal helpline known as the WWW…. and through a friend of mine who is working in the web development sector in a hi-tech firm. Whatever noteworthy points I collected in my information basket and moreover the ones I remember till this day (because it has been over a few months since I last researched on this topic) I have tried to enlist below. I hope it proves helpful to many who are still unaware of this brilliant technology or might be seeking some assembled information on PHP programming language as an introductory handbook.
Ξ PHP known as : Personal Home Page
Ξ Previously known as : Hypertext Preprocessor
Ξ Year of origin : 1995
Ξ Creator : Rasmus Lerdorf
Ξ Reason for development : replacement to a set of Perl scripts needed to maintain the Personal Home Pages
Ξ Basis of creation : Common Gateway Interface (CGI) written in ‘C’ language
Ξ License : PHP License, which is incompatible with the GNU General Public License (GPL) due to restrictions on the use of the term PHP.
Ξ Supported OS : Windows, Mac, Linux, Rich
Ξ Successor : PHP 3
Ξ Developers : Zeev Suraski & Andi Gutmans (developers at the Technion IIT)
Ξ Launched in : June 1998
Ξ Next big achievement : Suraski and Gutmans founded Zend Technologies in Ramat Gan, Israel preceded by the development of Zend Engine in 1999 rewriting the core of PHP3.
Ξ Followed by : PHP 4 was released on May 22, 2000. It was powered by the Zend Engine 1.0.
Ξ Next version : PHP 5 powered by Zend Engine II released on July 13, 2004.
Ξ Special features : Full characterized Object oriented programming support (PHP ver 3.0 and 4.0 had only basic features)
Ξ Latest Version : PHP 5.3.0 on June 30, 2009
Ξ Major modifications : No register_globals (creates security holes) and magic quotes (unpredictable characteristic) and safe mode
Ξ Usage statistics : 20 million websites including 75% of Web 2.0 sites & supports server side programming of 81.7% websites , 1 million web servers
Ξ Branded users : Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Rediff, Flickr, Wikipedia,Wordpress, Zynga, Joomla, Digg, MediaWiki.
Initially created as the tool to creating lively and interactive web pages, PHP has come a long way to be used as the most preferred open-source and general-purpose scripting language which uses either object oriented programming or procedural programming or both or both.
It is such widely used that it has been the profession of about 5 million PHP developers globally as per current records with a comparatively growing salary trend over years.
(Source: Google trends, August 4 2016)
Grow and develop with PHP programming……