With PHP4 Stig Stag Bakken introduced a new code repository for PHP extensions
and PHP library code named "PEAR". PHP Extension and Add-On Repository.
PEAR is not only a central place for quality assured library code but a
milestone in the PHP developement.
PHP is a great web scription language but it lacks certain features that make PHP
easy to use in a commercial enviroment. One feature is a central code
repository for PHP library code (not C code, code written in PHP!) like CPAN
is for Perl.
The availability of tested and reliable library code can be a major point in the decision for a
certain language or against it. PHP knows PHPLib and it
knows several other sites where you can get PHP snippets but it did not know a cental repository until
version 4. Some realized soon which future rule PEAR could play and started to work on coding- and documentation
guidelines. The discussion on the documentation guidelines took place in February 2000 on the php-pear and php-dev lists.
Most people voted for a Javadoc like
documentation system but that time there was no product that:
Well, I started with a little hack to find if it could be done with PHP and ended up with working half
a year on it... On the 5th of October 2000 it got shown the first time on the german php congress.
- was written in PHP (expansion, ease of use, ...)
- suited the special PHP needs (OO, procedural, global, ...)
Special thanks to:
... and all those I forgot e.g. Sebastian Bergmann, phpOpenTracker.
Do not mix this script with the PHP documentation team. If anyone of the PHP documentation team feels that I
should not use this URL - please let me know.