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15 years of PHP

2010-06-08 00:00:00

Wow, 15 years ago, on June 8th 1995, Rasmus announced PHP 1.0. Time for a personal look back:

I can't remember when I first went online. Out from the local BBS systems into the wide open net. It must have been around the same time. But soon I figured out that I needed my own homepage, so I created one, using black fonts on a green (#00ff00) background. I was proud. The only issue: I had no idea how to make it accessible to others, I had the HTML file local on the PC, but well, I still was proud. I was proud since the effect of this HTML with a little bit of JavaScript was way stronger than most of my BASIC stuff I did before.

A bit later, in 1998, a cousin brought a magazine about writing Perl CGI applications which caught my attention so I started learning about CGI and Perl and all the related stuff. Back then I always used my own,custom data formats for storing data. But my brother had mercy and introduced me to MySQL. I knew Paradox (and BerkeleyDB) from my Delphi programming but the powers of SQL were amazing. So I was happily building my stuff Perl+MySQL till ... yeah till the server broke down. CGI didn't work anymore for some reason.

My brother, who setup our Linux box at home but didn't know much about Apache, had the pragmatic solution: PHP worked. So what did I do? - Learn PHP. And I loved it. That was in 1999. After that many tings happened. PHP evolved and became a strong player in the web market. I worked for companies like Mayflower, MySQL, Sun Microsystems and, most likely, soon Oracle. And even though I'm using way more C and C++ these days most of it is still directly related to PHP and this all due to some Greenlandic guy who published hist Personal Home Page Tools and my brother who couldn't configure CGI.

15 years and still strong. Congratulations PHP!