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The Brief History of PHP language

History of PHP language

In this article, we will discuss a brief history of the PHP language.


HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. HTML is a language for formatting web pages. HTML has limited formatting capabilities; We cannot create very attractive and well-designed websites using HTML. Hence, we take the help of CSS(Cascading Style Sheet).


In 1996, “Hakon Vim Lai” developed CSS to create more attractive and well-liked websites. CSS is a language for reformatting web pages. We can’t be able to create interactive websites using only HTML and CSS. Hence, we use Javascript as a Client-side Scripting Language.


In 1996, “Brendan Every” created JavaScript to add behavior or interactivity to web components or to create interactive web pages. We cannot create real-time dynamic websites using only HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Hence, we use PHP(Hypertext Preprocessor) as a Server-side scripting language.


To create real-time dynamic websites, In the year 1996 “Rasmus Lerdorf” developed PHP at Zend technologies. PHP is implemented in C and C++. Initially, “Rasmus Lerdorf“, wrote PHP to maintain his personal homepage, then extended it to work with databases, file systems, and web forms, calling the implementation PHP/FI (personal Home page/Forms Interpreter). Later the name changed to PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor.

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