PEAR is dedicated to Malin Bakken, born 1999-11-21 (the first PEAR code was written just two hours before she was born).
Note: A separate manual for PEAR is just forming at http://pear.php.net/manual/. See that page for most actual information about PEAR.
PEAR is a code repository for PHP extensions and PHP library code inspired by TeX's CTAN and Perl's CPAN.
The purpose of PEAR is:
to provide a consistent means for library code authors to share their code with other developers
to give the PHP community an infrastructure for sharing code
to define standards that help developers write portable and reusable code
to provide tools for code maintenance and distribution