Feeds

Zend scripts industry PHP push

More open source then ever

Boost IT visibility and business value

Zend Technologies is rallying vendors and the open source community to promote industry wide consistency in PHP and promote greater developer uptake.

Zend has created the PHP Collaboration Project with backing from 14 software and hardware companies. The project will create the Zend PHP Framework to help standardize the way PHP applications are built. Those supporting Zend include IBM, Oracle, MySQL, SugarCRM, ADP and FileMaker.

The project's goal is to bring "extreme simplicity," an open standard, a friendly license, and a structured development process to a uniform PHP code base for use in next-generation PHP applications, according to Zend.

Zend has also joined the Eclipse Framework as a strategic developer to mesh further development of PHP with the open source community. Zend plans to lead an Eclipse PHP project to improve integration between PHP and application development tools founded on the Eclipse framework. The project is also likely to help integrate Zend's own PHP environment and third parties' tools.

PHP has been seized on by a growing number of developers, who see PHP as a low-cost, relatively easy way to develop web-based applications. PHP is an alternative to Microsoft's ASP.NET and Sun Microsystems' Java Server Pages (JSPs). More than 40 per cent of all web applications run on PHP, Zend said.

"The Open source Zend PHP Framework and Eclipse-backed development environments initiatives, combined with PHP's exceptional ease of use, will transform the way web applications are developed and deployed," Zend chief executive Doron Gerstel promised.

PHP's growing popularity has been recognized by platform providers. Companies are keen to ensure that PHP developers build applications that draw on their own infrastructure software, such as databases. IBM and Oracle earlier this year agreed separately to integrate Zend's PHP environment with their databases.

Intel Capital and SAP Ventures, meanwhile, invested an undisclosed amount in Zend this year for Zend to optimize PHP for Intel products and develop its commercial infrastructure. Zend is home to two of the founders of PHP who developed Zend's open source Zend Engine, while the company also provides PHP services.

The renewed push for PHP comes after analyst Evans Data Corp (EDC) reported a substantial decline in the use of PHP by developers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In August, it was reported that PHP interest had dropped 25 per cent year-over-year with 40 per cent of developers saying they had no plans to evaluate or use PHP for future projects.

EDC blamed the drop on the failure of PHP to penetrate the enterprise developer market.®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready
Lightweight, container-happy Linux gets first Stable release
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.