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    Hello Programmers, Here are some very interesting facts about PHP programming languages. Share with your friends for more fun with PHP.

    10 Interesting Facts about PHP Programming Language

    • What stands for PHP? – Personal Home Page.
    • PHP which is now officially known as ‘Hypertext Preprocessor’ and It was released around the year 1995. So, it’s a 23-year-old mature programming language.
    • The mascot of PHP is a big blue elephant.
    • PHP was originally made by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995. He wrote the original Common Gateway Interface (CGI) binaries.
    • 244M sites developed using PHP language in the world. In other words, It’s the most popular programming language in web development.
    • The current latest version is PHP 7.1.29 and You can contribute to PHP language at
    • PHP is an open source programming language. Source code here.
    • Initially written as a set of Common Gateway Interface (CGI) in ‘C’ (1994).
    • This language was originally designed to replace a set of Perl scripts to maintain his Personal Home Pages (also known as PHP).
    • Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans, two developers at the Technion IIT, rewrote the parser in 1997 and formed the base of PHP 3. PHP 3 was officially launched in June 1998.
    • Famous PHP projects/ framework: Laravel, Symfony, CodeIgniter, Faker.
    • PHP programming language is created to replace Perl scripts to maintain his Personal home pages in the web and it was written as the set of Common Gateway Interface in C language.

    PHP History – Interesting Fun Facts

    Suraski and Gutmans rewrote the PHP 3’s core, producing the Zend Engine in 1999. They also founded Zend Technologies in Ramat Gan, Israel. On May 22, 2000, PHP 4 was released.

    On July 13, 2004, PHP 5 was released by the new Zend Engine II. PHP 5 introduced full-featured object-oriented programming support. It was there in PHP 3 and PHP 4 but only the basic features.

    In Mid October 2015 PHP 7 is released, powered by Zend Engine 3, uniform variable syntax, AST-based compilation process, added Closure:: call(), bitwise shift consistency across platforms,(null coalesce) operator, and Unicode codepoint escape syntax.

    PHP was originally designed to create dynamic and more interactive web pages. It is the most widely-used, open-source and general-purpose scripting language. As we have discussed Rasmus has created this popular language. You can found him here.


    PHP can be written as procedural programming or object-oriented programming and also a mixture of them. Hope you like Interesting Facts About PHP languages. Let’s see new features also.

    PHP Features

    • Open source means you no need to pay for using PHP, you can free download and use.
    • The PHP code will be run on every platform, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows.
    • PHP is case sensitive scripting language at the time of variable declaration.
    • PHP is faster than other scripting languages e.g. asp and jsp.
    • PHP provides REGEX methods.
    • PHP provides access logging by creating the summary of recent accesses for the user.
    • PHP is an interpreted language, i.e. there is no need for compilation.
    • PHP supports variable usage without declaring its data type.

    PHP Programming Language Latest Features

    • Return type declaration
    • Spaceship operator
    • Anonymous classes
    • Expectations
    • Group use declarations
    • Closure::call()
    • Constant arrays using define()

    Facts as usage: 

    • It is using as a backend programming language on over 20 million websites and 1 million web servers. ( PHP: 244M sites, 2.1M IP addresses – ). So, 75% of Web 2.0 sites are built in PHP.
    • PHP is used by 81.7% of all the websites whose server-side programming language we know. As a result, There are about 5 million PHP developers worldwide.
    • It is possible to use PHP on almost every operating system. PHP can be used in all major operating systems including Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and RISC OS.
    • Some of the biggest online websites such as Facebook, ProProfs, Digg, Friendster, Flickr, Technorati, and Yahoo are developed in PHP programming language.

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    You can see the popularity of PHP programming language in Google trends

    Most Popular PHP Frameworks/ Projects 2019 – 2020

    • Laravel with 30K+ stars on Github – A PHP Framework For Web Artisans
    • Symfony with 14K+ stars on Github – It is a famous Framework in PHP Language
    • CodeIgniter with 14K+ stars on Github – It is Open Source PHP Framework
    • DesignPaternsPHP – sample code for several design patterns in PHP with 11K+ stars
    • Faker – It is a PHP library that generates fake data for you with 10K+ stars on Github

    Please see below image to know the popularity of PHP Frameworks characteristic.

    Most popular PHP Frameworks 2017
    Most popular PHP Frameworks 2017

    Are you new to coding? You can see the roadmap for programmers here. Did you need an open source PHP project list?  Go –

    Did you know how much PHP programmer can earn?

    According to Payscale : $39,791 – $97,951. So, $64K median.

    According to Glassdoor: $40,000 – $1,00,000. So, $70K median.

    According to Stackoverflow: $60,000 in the US. But, you will get a job easily if you know PHP.

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