PHP is how old?

It seems that PHP is now 10 years old. I can’t seem to grasp that it has been that long but here is the original post via google groups of the availability of PHP 1.0.

I started a new job as a web developer in 2000 and I was going to be in charge of re-developing our intranet, and external web sites. It was originally written in Cold Fusion, which I really didn’t know much about, or really like. PHP was starting to make some noise with version 3, and I did a lot of reading on it, and there was plenty to be had. It seemed very interesting. Opensource, so there is no cost for upgrades. Easy to learn, but very flexible.

With the open nature of PHP there were a lot of open projects written in PHP. I downloaded a ton of them. Dissecting and learning from others projects really shortened the learning curve. I love to learn, and I was hooked. Sure, I probably learned a few bad habits, but there was a goldmine of great information.

So I was asked to make a recommendation of what direction to go with as far as development went, and I went out on a limb and choose PHP. What a great choice that was because it has lived up to it’s promises, and more. Now, there have been times when I have beat my head against the wall with it…but that goes with the territory.

I am glad PHP has been so much a part of my career these last 5 years for me. And here’s to another 10 years for PHP!

Thanks Rasmus! Cheers!