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PHP 5 Power Programming by Derick Rethans, Stig Sæther Bakken, Andi Gutmans

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Preface

“The best security against revolution is in constant correction of abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.”—Richard Whately

In the Beginning

It was eight years ago, when Rasmus Lerdorf first started developing PHP/FI. He could not have imagined that his creation would eventually lead to the development of PHP as we know it today, which is being used by millions of people. The first version of “PHP/FI,” called Personal Homepage Tools/Form Interpreter, was a collection of Perl scripts in 1995.[1] One of the basic features was a Perl-like language for handling form submissions, but it lacked many common useful language features, such as for loops.

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