As part of this post I researched and put together a timeline of the last 12 years (since the initial public release of Zend Engine 2) for PHP.
It’s always fun to be nostalgic, you should check it out.
I’ve been involved in PHP since right before PHP 4.0 went final, which means I never wrote code for PHP 3, and in that time I’ve seen our community grow alongside the language I love, and while other languages have come (and gone in some cases!) PHP has continue to grow, and at a pace that seems to be accelerating rather than slowing down as some seem to think.
This year has also seen the 5th anniversary of PHP 5.3 and PHAR (PHP Archives), and next year will be 15 years since PHP 4.0.0.
Obviously time marches ever forward, and the current question on every bodies mind is: what’s next? It looks like we’ll continue to see major improvements in performance thanks to phpng, and with that meaning a new major version due to internals BC breakage… hopefully we’ll see even more radical changes to the language.