15 years of PHP

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Fifteen years ago today, on the 8th of June, 1995, Rasmus Lerdorf launched PHP with a post to the comp.infosystems.www.authoring.cgi Usenet news group. He announced version 1.0 of his "Personal Home Page Tools", software that was originally intended for managing job applications on a web site. As Lerdorf made the tools available as open source code (originally under the GPL, since version 4.0 under the PHP Licence) his PHP software, written in C, was bound to find a wide audience.

Current PHP software no longer has much in common with the original 1.0 release. "Serious" applications only became possible with PHP/FI (FI is for "Form Interpreter"), which was released as version 2.0 in November 1997. However, even then only seasoned hardcore developers used this scripting language that allowed the addition of dynamic content to otherwise static HTML pages.

The big breakthrough of PHP came with the arrival of version 3.