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Write brief introduction of PHP with its origin

  • PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is a server-side scripting language used primarily for web development.
  • It was created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994 as a set of CGI scripts in the C programming language to track visitors to his personal website.
  • He added more functionality to the language and released it as PHP/FI (Personal Home Page/Forms Interpreter) in 1995.
  • Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski rewrote the language from scratch in 1997, and the new version was released as PHP 3.0.
  • PHP has become one of the most widely used programming languages on the web, powering popular websites such as Facebook, Wikipedia, and WordPress.
  • PHP is an open-source language, meaning anyone can use and contribute to its development.
  • It has a large community of developers and offers compatibility with a wide range of web servers and operating systems.
  • PHP is versatile and not only used for web development but also for command-line scripting and desktop application development.
  • It has strong integration with popular databases like MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL, and has several popular frameworks that make web development faster and more efficient.