I know we all love a good voting poll here at TalkPHP, so here's another one for you
I'd be interested to know how long everyone has been using PHP (as a hobby, for a job, just learning, or whatever ), what version you started out with, and why (if you can remember) you started using PHP.
For me: I started out with PHP 3, forget the exact time but it was around 1999/2000 I believe and I started working with it because I was introduced to it by a work friend at the time who was using it a lot.
I started playing with PHP at the PHP 3 stage somewhere in the late-ish nineties, though precisely where my memory is failing to crawl back to! I do remember falling into PHP when SSI (eg, <!--#echo var="LAST_MODIFIED"-->) proved much too limited.
I started somewhere in PHP4, I can't remember the version now.
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I started to work with basic php scripts just before PHP4 was released, so it must have been PHP3.
I must admit that PHP did catch my interest but it was hard for me to learn at that time as I only was 11. A few years after (2003/2004) PHP growed up and when I looked more into development of websites I finally started to learning it and I've been doing it ever since.
Like several of you, I started with v3 back in '98 or so when I was first introduced to BSD and Linux, but unfortunately didn't really do much with it then. I definitely did more with Perl than with PHP, now it's just the opposite. The majority of the PHP coding I've done was in early v4 and I've performed "patchwork fixes" on it when necessary as newer versions either provided new ways to do things or altered them altogether.
I really need to redo everything in v5 & OOP but I'm too lazy and I won't get paid to do it, so cest la vie.