PHP Programming Area.
PHP development began in 1994 when the developer Rasmus Lerdorf wrote a series of Common Gateway Interface (CGI) Perl scripts, which he used to maintain his personal homepage.
The tools performed tasks such as displaying his résumé and recording his web traffic. He rewrote these scripts in C for performance reasons, extending them to add the ability to work with web forms and to communicate with databases and called this implementation “Personal Home Page/Forms Interpreter” or PHP/FI.
PHP/FI could be used to build simple, dynamic web applications.
Lerdorf initially announced the release of PHP/FI as “Personal Home Page Tools (PHP Tools) version 1.0″ publicly to accelerate bug location and improve the code, on the comp.infosystems.www.authoring.cgi Usenet discussion group on June 8, 1995. This release already had the basic functionality that PHP has today. This included Perl-like variables, form handling, and the ability to embed HTML.
The syntax was similar to Perl but was more limited and simpler, although less consistent.
A development team began to form and, after months of work and beta testing, officially released PHP/FI 2 in November 1997.
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