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28 April 2010, 12:33

PHP creator joins payment service WePay

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Zoom PHP creator Rasmus Lerdorf
Source: Jud Dagnall
Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of scripting language PHP, has a new employer. Lerdorf will now lead development on the WePay programming interface. Palo Alto based start-up WePay, aims to provide an online payment service and has received support from a range of investors, including August Capital, PayPal founder Max Levchin and Ron Conway, an early investor in Google, Facebook and Twitter.

WePay will allow clubs, organisations and other groups to set up free accounts which can be used to carry out transactions with full transparency. The service is currently under development. Selected developers and websites will be given access to the WePay API over the next few months.

Last November Lerdorf announced his departure from Yahoo!, where he had worked for seven years as Architecture Engineer. Lerdorf, who was born in Greenland, introduced PHP as a collection of C scripts, which he used to record visits to his website, in 1994/95. The package, then known as PHP/FI (Personal Home Page/Forms Interpreter), was later renamed to PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor). Lerdorf was largely responsible for the first two versions and was part of the team involved in developing subsequent versions.


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