25 Years of Perl

Dirk Koopman djk at tobit.co.uk
Tue Nov 20 21:48:27 GMT 2012

On 20/11/12 21:17, Randy J. Ray wrote:
> On 11/20/12 1:10 PM, Dirk Koopman wrote:
>> On 20/11/12 20:42, DAVID HODGKINSON wrote:
>>> As did PHP. And the rest is history.
>> Speaking of which, is it just a folk memory that suggests that the first
>> 'P' in PHP once stood for "perl"?
> I thought, for the longest time, that "PHP" had originally been an
> acronym for "Perl Hypertext Pages". But people deny that, so I can't be
> sure.

Wikipedia says: "PHP development began in 1994 when the programmer 
Rasmus Lerdorf initially created a set of Perl scripts he called 
"Personal Home Page Tools" to maintain his personal homepage. The 
scripts performed tasks such as displaying his résumé and recording his 
web-page traffic.[6][9][10] Lerdorf initially announced the release of 
PHP on the comp.infosystems.www.authoring.cgi Usenet discussion group on 
June 8, 1995.[11]".

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