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    PHP - new acronym? (Don't fret, nothing innovative here...)

    I propose a redefinition of the PHP acronym: Pre-Hypertext Processor.

    Why would this not work? (It's much easier than trying to explain to people what a recursive acronym is.) I realise that the renaming to "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor" came after long discussions, considerations and deliberations over all possibilities...

    ...and I still don't like that the elusive first P has no real meaning! *looks to the horizon* "One day, I'll find you..."

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    Maybe they were afraid that if they allowed HPP as an acronym, people would make fun of the PP part (say it outloud and you'll see ).
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    That actually makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefanoperfili View Post
    I propose a redefinition of the PHP acronym: Pre-Hypertext Processor.
    That doesn't make sense. What is pre-hypertext? Hypertext pre-processor makes more sense.
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    Besides, a little nerd research shows that PHP originally stood for "Personal Home Page" so "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor" makes perfect sense.

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    I've always thought it was Pre-Hypertext Preprocesser, well I did until a few months ago! It does make sense I guess.

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    HPP...yeah you know me! Hmm decent rap song oh wait that was OPP.
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    What is the point in the "PHP" part of "PHP: Hypertext Processor" anyway? It doesn't add anything. Did they just stick it in there to keep the acronym from personal home page or was it to make the file extension 8dot3 or something? IMO it would have made more sense to have either used the P for something meaningful or just ditched it.. but then I suppose it would be just HP

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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy View Post
    That doesn't make sense. What is pre-hypertext? Hypertext pre-processor makes more sense.
    I think that Pre-Hypertext Processor makes perfect sense. The server processes the page before it is given to the client as the Hypertext file... How does that differ from Hypertext Preprocessor? In fact, it's not preprocessing the Hypertext, it's processing its own language before handing it over as HTML or what not, so technically... (Or maybe I'm totally wrong...)

    Quote Originally Posted by ghell View Post
    IMO it would have made more sense to have either used the P for something meaningful or just ditched it.. but then I suppose it would be just HP
    At the end of the day, I find the whole recursive acronym thing annoying, but that's my only gripe, so... I'm going to reveal the PHP abbreviation to stand for "Pre-Hypertext Processor" on my own website. Problem solved

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    The recursive acronym thing was popular and still is for OSS , thing is `Personal Home Page` just had to go and since PHP was already well known simply as PHP who needs a name change ?

    I have yet to meet anyone who says `Gnu's not UNIX` instead of GNU or whatever PERL stands for, so I don't suppose it really matters anyway ?
    resistance is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by firepages View Post
    I have yet to meet anyone who says `Gnu's not UNIX` instead of GNU or whatever PERL stands for, so I don't suppose it really matters anyway ?
    ... but WINE stands for "WINdows Emulator" and no one is changing that!
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    Was WINE originally WINdows Emualtor or what? I find it hard to believe that it would have started off at WINE Is Not an Emulator. Maybe I should go look it up. Wikipedia will know!

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    Why doesn't anyone even consider that PHP is useful in more places than just the web?
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Aerospace_Eng_ View Post
    HPP...yeah you know me! Hmm decent rap song oh wait that was OPP.
    OPP would be a great replacement for PHP!

    OPP = Other People's Programming
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    Point of Fact:

    PERL = Practical Extraction and Reporting Language
    WINE = Wine Is Not an Emulator (another recursive algorithm)


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