Rasmus Lerdorf

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Rasmus Lerdorf

Rasmus Lerdorf is a Danish programmer with Canadian citizenship and is most notable as the creator of the PHP scripting language. He started the PHP Project back in 1995 and has been actively involved in PHP development ever since. Also involved in a number of other Open Source projects, Rasmus is a longtime Apache contributor and foundation member. He is the author of the first edition of the PHP Pocket Reference, and the co-author of Programming PHP.


Lerdorf joined Yahoo in 2002 and has worked for the company as an engineer and then left in 2009.

PHP was developed further and commercialized by Zend, but Lerdorf has maintained an ongoing involvement with the open source project.