PHP History

By Deane Barker on May 27, 2004

PHP programming language: Some interesting history on PHP. It used to be a Perl wrapper?

PHP was originally designed as a wrapper around Perl by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994 to display his resume information and collect some data, such as how many hits it was generating. Others first used “Personal Home Page Tools” in 1995, which Lerdorf had combined with his own Form Interpreter to create PHP/FI.

Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans, two Israeli developers of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology rewrote the parser in 1997, forming the basis of PHP 3. They also changed the name to its current recursive form. After months in beta, the development team officially released PHP/FI 2 in November 1997.



  1. Huh? I thought it was originally a collection of C programs Rasmus had written to handle this, not a wrapper to Perl. I could’ve sworn this came from Rasmus himself…

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