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Re-invention Necessities

By Murray Bourne, 01 Mar 2005

I'm fascinated by PHP at the moment. It is a programming language that was developed only in the last few years as an open-source concept. The acronym 'PHP' originally stood for Personal Home Page and it was developed byRasmus Lerdof as a short add-on to HTML for simple form processing.

It has grown rapidly and now fuels over 18 million Web domains (source:, including squareCirclez. I am learning as much as I can so I can tweak this site.

It is interesting to reflect on what I do day-to-day. Probably 80% of my current work (Web development, email, mobile computing, etc, etc) did not even exist 15 years ago. So the need to re-invent ourselves becomes more and more important.

What should we teach in schools, then? We certainly need to teach content but how much? And what? Surely the key thing is to teach an attitude - a thirst for learning?

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