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10 PEAR Packages for Every PHP Developer's Toolbox

Dec 01, 2010, 15:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Gilmore)

"PHP easily ranks among the world's most popular programming languages, with the TIOBE Programming Community Index placing it second only to Java, C, and C++ in terms of global language adoption. Logically, a community of this size has an enormous amount of commercial interests at work, with companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Zend offering a host of products and services. Additionally, a large open source ecosystem has also been built around the language, with project hosting websites such as GitHub and SourceForge home to tens of thousands of PHP-driven projects.

"PHP developers also have another community-driven treasure trove at their disposal, one which is host to almost 600 high-quality libraries yet never seems to garner the attention it deserves. I'm referring to the PHP Extension and Application Repository, better known as PEAR, and in this article I'll try to shine the spotlight just a bit brighter on this fantastic community resource by highlighting 10 useful PEAR libraries (better known as packages) that have become an indispensable part of my programming toolkit."

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