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PHP is one of the dominant web languages in use today. If you do any web design work you probably have at least a passing knowledge of PHP. Heck, even if you don’t do any web design you’ve probably noticed web pages ending in .php.

But here are 5 things you may not have known about PHP. If you’ve been working in PHP for a while you probably already know all these, but they’re still there to look at.

PHP/FI
PHP started life as PHP/FI, created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995. PHP/FI was originally a set of Perl scripts to track accesses to Rasmus’s online resume. As more functionality was needed PHP was rewritten in C.

By 1997 there were an estimated 50,000 domains using PHP/FI version 2.0.

PHP & Graphics
PHP can do more than just process forms and access databases. By using the GD library PHP can create graphics on command. Great for web pages counters (if you’re still using them) and creating thumbnails.

Recursive acronyms
PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Processor, which is a recursive acronym.

Documentation
The PHP documentation is available in 23 languages including Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, and Swedish.

User notes
The online user manual for PHP allows for visitors to contribute their own notes for each page. Often these notes are as helpful, if not moreso, than the documentation page itself.

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