REPOST: Re: Python Popularity: Questions and Comments
claird at starbase.neosoft.com
Mon Dec 31 17:36:38 CET 2001
In article <email@example.com>,
Ron Stephens <rdsteph at earthlink.net> wrote:
>Hmm, it is absolutely amazing how fast PHP got so popular, isn't it? PHP has quite a few more
>SourceForge projects than Python, as many as Perl in fact (about 2700 I believe, compared to
>Python's 1300). Also, there are more PHP books in most book stores than Python books.
>Does anyone know how old PHP is? I'd really like to know. I have not been aware of PHP for much
>more than two years, but then I wasn't paying any attention before that. When was PHP "launched"?
>How did it grow so fast? Can the Python community learn anything from this phenomenon? Can we even
>incorporate some of the good points from PHP for web programming into Python, or Python add-on
Rasmus Lerdorf hacked out the first PHP in 1994. More
information of this sort is available at <URL:
http://www.zend.com/zend/art/intro.php > and elsewhere.
Keys to PHP's growth:
1. The explosion of the Web. PHP is crafted
to make (particular styles of) Dynamic Web
pages easy, and lots of people know that's
what they want.
2. No-charge, open-source licensing, ...
3. Early adoption of PHP as an Apache project.
This was a bit of an historic accident, and
it remains true that PHP usage estimates
are often inflated by counts of Apache
installations with unused-but-present PHP
Cameron Laird <Cameron at Lairds.com>
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