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Linux.com In-Depth: The PHP Project

Mar 08, 2000, 22:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Blair Ireland)

"The infamous ApacheCon conference is officially underway, and who better to speak at it then some of the main developers behind Apache's most popular module? That's right, some of the people behind PHP, Nathan Wallace, Craig Kohtz and Tobias Ratschiller, will be giving presentations for the next three days on various topics, including migrating from ASP to PHP and advanced PHP programming."

"According to E-Soft Inc, mod_php has a 5% lead on the FrontPage module for Apache. Since nearly 1.5 million domains are currently using PHP, the world has taken notice. PHP took its first steps in the fall of 1994, when Rasmus Lerdorf created a system to administrate his online resume. In 1995, the parser was rewritten, a few features were added and PHP 2.0/FI was born. People started contributing code, and a community quickly enveloped itself around the language. It was in 1997 that the development of PHP took a drastic change. The project was no longer Rasmus' pet project, but rather a team effort of developers. Two of these developers, Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans, decided to rewrite the language parser once again, and PHP3 was born."

"So where is PHP at today? Well, the PHP 3.x generation is still alive and being updated, though a great deal of attention is being focused on the beta versions of PHP 4.0. The last PHP3 update was on February 25, and brings the version up to 3.0.15. The update brings on several new security features, and it is highly recommended to upgrade your version if you run PHP in safe mode. PHP 4.0 is being worked on quite a bit though, so I would expect few more 3.x releases to become available anytime soon. The big, high-traffic users of PHP still are sticking to the 3.x releases though. The lead developer behind Linux.com, Gareth Watts, has been a fan of PHP since 2.0. Linux.com is currently powered by version 3.0.14, and everyone is happy with it. 'It's lightweight, reasonably efficient and does exactly what we need it to do'."

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