What is PEAR in PHP

PEAR is short for “PHP Extension and Application Repository” and a framework and repository for reusable PHP components. .  Stig S. Bakken founded the PEAR project in 1999 to promote the re-use of code that performs common functions.The purpose of PEAR is to provide:

  • A structured library of open-source code for PHP users
  • A system for code distribution and package maintenance
  • A standard style for code written in PHP
  • PEAR’s mission is to provide reusable components, lead innovation in PHP, provide best practices for PHP development and educate developers.
  • Offers a command-line interface that can be used to automatically install “packages”.

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