Popular PHP is hot, and it's Canadian
Quick -- name a Canadian-made computer-programming language.
Time's up. If you answered "Java," that's true enough -- its originator, University of Calgary graduate James Gosling, created the language for Sun Microsystems Inc. But the top prize goes to those who answered "PHP."
Ten years ago this summer, Rasmus Lerdorf created the wildly popular Web-development language while working at the University of Toronto. Mr. Lerdorf, who returned to the city last week as keynote speaker at the PHP Works conference, is also a University of Waterloo graduate and worked for a number of years at Bell Canada, but is currently employed by search engine giant Yahoo Inc. in California.
Matters of international diplomacy aside, PHP (which originally stood for "personal home page") is a programming language used for creating dynamic Web pages.
Dynamic sites that allow people to personalize their Web experience by setting up a profile and uploading photos to a page, for example, are now an everyday experience. But 10 years ago, building dynamic pages like this was a messy business.