Rasmus Lerdorf was on (born 22 November 1968(48 years old)) is a Danish-Canadian programmer. He created the PHP scripting language, authoring the first two versions of the language and participated in the development of later versions led by a group of developers including Jim Winstead (who later created blo.gs), Stig Bakken, Shane Caraveo, Andi Gutmans, and Zeev Suraski. He continues to contribute to the project.
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- I did not develop the PHP we know today. Dozens, if not hundreds of people, developed PHP. I was simply the first developer.
- I actually hate programming, but I love solving problems.
- I really don't like programming. I built this tool to program less so that I could just reuse code.
- PHP is about as exciting as your toothbrush. You use it every day, it does the job, it is a simple tool, so what? Who would want to read about toothbrushes?
- I was really, really bad at writing parsers. I still am really bad at writing parsers.
- We have things like protected properties. We have abstract methods. We have all this stuff that your computer science teacher told you you should be using. I don't care about this crap at all.
- There are people who actually like programming. I don't understand why they like programming.
- I'm not a real programmer. I throw together things until it works then I move on. The real programmers will say "Yeah it works but you're leaking memory everywhere. Perhaps we should fix that." I’ll just restart Apache every 10 requests.
- I do care about memory leaks but I still don't find programming enjoyable.
- I don't know how to stop it, there was never any intent to write a programming language [...] I have absolutely no idea how to write a programming language, I just kept adding the next logical step on the way.
- For all the folks getting excited about my quotes. Here is another - Yes, I am a terrible coder, but I am probably still better than you :)
- I've never thought of PHP as more than a simple tool to solve problems.
- PHP is rarely the bottleneck.
- Ugly problems often require ugly solutions. Solving an ugly problem in a pure manner is bloody hard.
- PHP is just a hammer. Nobody has ever gotten rich making hammers.
- Back when PHP had less than 100 functions and the function hashing mechanism was strlen()
From September 2002 to November 2009 Lerdorf was employed by Yahoo! Inc. as an Infrastructure Architecture Engineer. In 2010, he joined WePay in order to develop their application programming interface. Throughout 2011 he was a roving consultant for startups. On 22 February 2012 he announced on Twitter that he had joined Etsy. In July, 2013 Rasmus joined Jelastic as a senior advisor to help them with the creation of new technology. Lerdorf is a frequent speaker at Open Source conferences around the world. During his keynote presentation at OSCMS 2007, he presented a security vulnerability in each of the projects represented at the conference that year. Lerdorf also made an appearance at the WeAreDevelopers Conference 2017, making a speech on the history of PHP and the new PHP 7 release in 2017.