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PHP Meaning

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Fergal1982, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    Does anyone else see anything wrong with that statement? (and its not just w3c that states the acronym). Correct me if im wrong, but I was under the impression you cant use the term when defining the terms meaning? Surely this applies to acronyms too?
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Er - no. This is one of a long line of self-referential acronyms, including:
    GNU - GNU is Not Unix
    PINE - PINE is Not Elm

    In fact doing this is somewhat 'normal' in the computing world. :biggrin

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  3. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

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    PHP, as it is now known and used, is the second incarnation of PHP. The original PHP was acronymed as PHP/FI, and was called Personal Home Page. I just think the PHP acronym was kept, but what it was supposed to stand for was changed so it would appear more "professional".
     
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  4. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Also look at this wikipedia page, which also notes that the PHP acronym wasn't originaly intended as a recursive one.

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  5. tripwire45
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    Let's face it. These acronyms were coined in the 1970s when all the programmers and engineers coining the phrases were higher than kites. :biggrin
     
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