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PHPwasconceivedsometimeinthefallof1994byRasmusLerdorf.Earlynon-releasedversionswereusedonhishom
epagetokeeptrackofwhowaslookingathisonlineresume.Thefirstversionusedbyotherswasavailablesometim
einearly1995andwasknownasthePersonalHomePageTools.Itconsistedofaverysimplisticparserenginethato
nlyunderstoodafewspecialmacrosandanumberofutilitiesthatwereincommonuseonhomepagesbackthen.Agues
tbook,acounterandsomeotherstuff.Theparserwasrewritteninmid-1995andnamedPHP/FIVersion2.TheFIcame
fromanotherpackageRasmushadwrittenwhichinterpretedhtmlformdata.HecombinedthePersonalHomePagetoo
lsscriptswiththeFormInterpreterandaddedmSQLsupportandPHP/FIwasborn.PHP/FIgrewatanamazingpaceand
peoplestartedcontributingcodetoit.Itisdifficulttogiveanyhardstatistics,butitisestimatedthatbyla
te1996PHP/FIwasinuseonatleast15,000websitesaroundtheworld.Bymid-1997thisnumberhadgrowntoover50,
000.Mid-1997alsosawachangeinthedevelopmentofPHP.ItchangedfrombeingRasmus'ownpetprojectthatahand
fulofpeoplehadcontributedto,tobeingamuchmoreorganizedteameffort.Theparserwasrewrittenfromscratc
hbyZeevSuraskiandAndiGutmansandthisnewparserformedthebasisforPHPVersion3.Alotoftheutilitycodefr
omPHP/FIwasportedovertoPHP3andalotofitwascompletelyrewritten.Today(mid-1999)eitherPHP/FIorPHP3s
hipswithanumberofcommercialproductssuchasC2'sStrongHoldwebserverandRedHatLinux.Aconservativeest
imatebasedonanextrapolationfromnumbersprovidedbyNetCraftwouldbethatPHPisinuseonover150,000sites
aroundtheworld.Toputthatinperspective,thatismoresitesthanrunNetscape'sflagshipEnterpriseservero
ntheInternet.Alsoasofthiswriting,workisunderwayonthenextgenerationofPHP,whichwillutilizethepowe
rfulZendscriptingenginetodeliverhigherperformance,andwillalsosupportrunningunderwebserversother
thanApacheasanativeservermodule.PHPwasconceivedsometimeinthefallof1994byRasmusLerdorf.Earlynon-
releasedversionswereusedonhishomepagetokeeptrackofwhowaslookingathisonlineresume.Thefirstversio
nusedbyotherswasavailablesometimeinearly1995andwasknownasthePersonalHomePageTools.Itconsistedof
averysimplisticparserenginethatonlyunderstoodafewspecialmacrosandanumberofutilitiesthatwereinco
mmonuseonhomepagesbackthen.Aguestbook,acounterandsomeotherstuff.Theparserwasrewritteninmid-1995
andnamedPHP/FIVersion2.TheFIcamefromanotherpackageRasmushadwrittenwhichinterpretedhtmlformdata.
HecombinedthePersonalHomePagetoolsscriptswiththeFormInterpreterandaddedmSQLsupportandPHP/FIwasb