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The PHP Foundation, a group of heavyweight users of PHP who want to preserve the programming language that powers 78 percent of the web, has formed. The PHP Foundation’s creator was one of its primary contributors, who shifted his attention to the low-level virtual machines (LLVM) project.

PHP is a server-side, object-oriented programming language that has become one of the most popular languages used by web developers. It’s also frequently utilized in content management systems (CMSs), such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Moodle, and others.

“During PHP’s 26-year history, the language has been actively developed by a huge number of people, such as Rasmus Lerdorf, Zeev Suraski, Andi Gutmans, Nikita Popov, and many, many others. In 2021, PHP is in for another round of evolution,” shares JetBrains as it announced the formation of the foundation.

The PHP Foundation

According to JetBrains, the concept of a PHP Foundation was originally proposed in May this year. However, because the present ecosystem had been functioning effectively to support the language’s development, no serious attempts were made to proceed with the plan.

With the departure of Nikita Popov, who had been a prominent figure in PHP development for many years, everything changed.

The company behind the creation of the Popov PHP framework, JetBrains, took on itself to realize the foundation and began interacting with a number of individual and corporate members of the PHP community.

They were inspired by a discussion about the future of software development to establish PHP Foundation, which now has Automattic, Laravel, Zend, PrestaShop, and five other companies as members.

The PHP Foundation will be responsible for most of the funding behind PHP development. The goal is to raise 300,000 each year, with JetBrains chipping in 100,000.