Rasmus Lerdorf

Senior Technical Yahoo

35 minutes, 8.1mb, recorded 2003-11-19
"I really don't like programming. I built this tool to program less so that I could just reuse code."

Ten years later, PHP is now running on the web servers of one third of all domains on the World Wide Web.

Rasmus explains why this easy-to-use scripting language can power some of the Web's busiest sites including portions of Yahoo! that handle over 120 million unique visitors each month. PHP is scalable because of its "shared-nothing" architecture, unlike Java or similar virtual-machine runtime environments.

Whether you're already a PHP user, or haven't yet taken the plunge, you'll enjoy this interview with its humble creator--a true pioneer of the open-source movement. You'll also hear what's in the works for the next major release, PHP 5.0, and why Rasmus believes the Web will become "the interface to everything."

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