PEAR is short for “PHP Extension and Application Repository” and is pronounced just like the fruit. The purpose of PEAR is to provide:

  • A structured library of open-sourced code for PHP users
  • A system for code distribution and package maintenance
  • A standard style for code written in PHP
  • The PHP Foundation Classes (PFC),
  • The PHP Extension Community Library (PECL),
  • A web site, mailing lists and download mirrors to support the PHP/PEAR community
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