PHP General-purpose Programming Language


PHP general-purpose programming language, was originally designed for web development.

The PHP reference implementation is now produced by The PHP Group.PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page, but it now stands for the recursive initialism PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.

It was originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994.

Beginning on June 28, 2011, the PHP Development Team implemented a timeline for the release of new versions of PHP.

Under this system, at least one release should occur every month.

Once per year, a minor release should occur which may include new features.

Every minor release should at least be supported for two years with security and bug fixes, followed by at least one year of only security fixes, for a total of a three-year release process for every minor release.

No new features, unless small and self-contained, are to be introduced into a minor release during the three-year release process.

Latest versions of PHP are PHP 7.2.26, PHP 7.3.13 and PHP 7.4.1 released on 18 Dec 2019.

PHP general-purpose programming language.

As of September 2019, over 60% of sites on the web using PHP are still on discontinued/"EOLed" version 5.6 or older.

Versions prior to 7.2 are no longer officially supported by The PHP Development Team, but security support is provided by third parties, such as Debian.

PHP v7.2 will be officially supported until 30 November, 2020.

Popular content management systems are built using php programming language.

License: PHP License (most of Zend engine under Zend Engine License)

Version: PHP 7.4.2 (Current Stable Version) will be officially supported until 28 November, 2022.

Support: Each release branch of PHP is fully supported for two years from its initial stable release. During this period, bugs and security issues that have been reported are fixed and are released in regular point releases.

PHP exists in Debians repository, so installation is easy, but you won't get the latest version, unless you download it from the developers website.

How to install PHP version 7.3 via a terminal window:

sudo apt-get install php

Press Enter, done.

Developers website


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