What is meant by PEAR in php?

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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 
PEAR is a community-driven project with the PEAR Group as the governing body. The project has been founded by Stig S. Bakken in 1999 and quite a lot of people have joined the project since then.

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