22 November 1968 |
|Alma mater||University of Waterloo|
|Occupation||Distinguished Engineer, Etsy|
Rasmus Lerdorf (born 22 November 1968) is a Danish programmer with Canadian citizenship. He is best known for creating the PHP scripting language, authoring the first two versions of the language and participating in the development of later versions led by a group of developers including Jim Winstead (who later created blo.gs), Stig Bakken, Shane Caraveo, Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski. He continues to contribute to the project.
Early life and education 
His family moved to Canada in 1980, and moved to King City in 1983. He graduated from King City Secondary School in 1988, and in 1993 he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering. He contributed to the Apache HTTP Server and he added the LIMIT clause to the MSQL DBMS. The LIMIT clause was later adapted by several other DBMS.
From September 2002 to 6 November 2009 he was employed by Yahoo! Inc. as an Infrastructure Architecture Engineer. In 2010, he joined WePay in order to develop their API. Throughout 2011 he was a roving consultant for startups. On 22 February 2012 he announced on Twitter that he had joined Etsy.
Lerdorf is a frequent speaker at Open Source conferences around the world. During his keynote presentation at OSCMS 2007, he presented a security vulnerability in each of the projects represented at the conference that year.
- "Rasmus Lerdorf". K.C.S.S. Alumni Association. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
- "mod_info". Apache Reference. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
- Wendel, Ulf. "MaxDB & PHP - Ready for the Web!". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
- Kincaid, Jason (2010-04-27). "PHP Founder Rasmus Lerdorf Joins Group Payments Startup WePay". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
- Lerdorf, Rasmus (2012-02-22). "Excited to be joining...". Twitter. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
- "Rasmus Lerdorf's Presentation at the OSCMS Summit 2007".
- "2003 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2003. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- On O'Reilly
- On sitepoint.com- Where Rasmus answers some questions put together by the SitePoint community.
- Simple is Hard - Presentation from Drupalcon 2008
- Audio Conversation from itconversations.com
- Interview on the FLOSS Weekly podcast with Leo Laporte and Chris DiBona