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Short for PHP Extension and Application Repository,
PEAR is a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP
components. PEAR is a community-driven project with the PEAR Group as the
governing body. The project was founded by Stig S. Bakken in 1999.
The code in PEAR is partitioned in packages, where each package is a separate
project with its own development team, version number, release cycle,
documentation and a defined relation to other packages (including dependencies).
Packages are distributed as gzipped tar files with a
description file inside, and installed on your local system using the PEAR
installer. There are two types of packages: source
packages (containing source files only), and binary packages (containing
platform-specific binary files, and possible source files). [Source:
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The official Web site for the PEAR manual, documentation, support, and more.
The PEAR Group
The PEAR Group is the governing body of PEAR. The Group was first announced on 12th August 2003 by Stig S. Bakken.