BURLINGAME, Calif., Zend/PHP Conference & Expo, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ --
Zend Technologies, the PHP company, today announced the PHP Collaboration
Project at its inaugural PHP conference and expo. The project is an open
source initiative through which the PHP community and partners will together
create an industrial-grade, de facto standard PHP Web application development
and deployment environment. The Project's first two open initiatives are:
-- Zend PHP Framework: A Web application framework which will standardize
the way PHP applications are built. The Zend PHP Framework will
accelerate and improve the development and deployment of
mission-critical PHP Web applications
-- Engagement with the Eclipse Foundation: Zend is joining the Eclipse
Foundation as a Strategic Developer. Zend is now proposing to lead a
project focused on PHP within Eclipse
Zend's PHP Collaboration Project involves the participation of the open
source community and a growing group of Zend partners and customers, together
building a robust PHP development and deployment environment. Initial Project
participants include: IBM, Oracle, MySQL, Intel, Actuate, ADP, FileMaker,
Schematic, StepUp Commerce, OmniTI, 100days.de, SugarCRM, bebe.com, and Marco
Tabini, publisher of PHP Architect Magazine.
"With more than 40 percent of all Web applications running PHP, PHP has
already proven itself as an industrial-grade dynamic language," declared
Doron Gerstel, CEO of Zend Technologies. "Now, with the community and our
partners, we are collectively taking PHP to the next level by leading open
source projects based on de-facto standards. The open source Zend PHP
Framework and Eclipse-based development environment initiatives, combined with
PHP's exceptional ease of use, will transform the way Web applications are
developed and deployed."
Zend is working with the PHP community and independent software vendors
(ISVs) to develop the open source Zend PHP Framework project. This framework
is designed to bring extreme simplicity, an open standard, a friendly license
and a structured development process all leading to a uniform code base for
next-generation Web applications.
"PHP's simplicity can ease adoption and reduce complexity and cost for
corporate developers," said Rod Smith, IBM Fellow and vice president of the
company's emerging software technology group. "We look forward to
collaborating with the PHP community and Zend to further accelerate PHP as a
leading paradigm for assembling next-generation Web enabled business
applications that broaden solutions that IBM delivers to customers."
"As a committed leader and supporter of innovation of all kinds, Intel
welcomes the PHP Collaboration Project as a new paradigm for PHP application
development and deployment," said Jon Bork, Director of Intel's Open Source
Program Office. "We believe this initiative will be a positive catalyst to
help propel the open source community to new levels of innovation."
Zend also announced that it has joined the Eclipse Foundation and its ISV
community as a Strategic Developer. Within the Foundation, Zend will propose
to lead a new PHP project, conveying world-class expertise on dynamic
languages to Eclipse. Zend's participation with Eclipse will benefit
participating businesses by delivering the extreme simplicity of PHP to the
active and established Eclipse development platform. In addition, the PHP
community and its customers will benefit from the Zend/Eclipse partnership
through improved access to the Eclipse open source development platform and
its vibrant ecosystem.
"Actuate was the first Business Intelligence vendor to deliver open source
reporting solutions through its partnership with Eclipse," said Mark Coggins,
senior vice president of engineering at Actuate and Eclipse Foundation board
member. "We are looking forward to our participation in the new Zend open
source initiatives. Our participation in the Framework and the Eclipse
projects led by Zend will facilitate integration of our reporting solution.
The initiative is a great opportunity for ISVs to play a part in providing
customers with a comprehensive solution for building next generation PHP-based
Web applications, which in Actuate's case translates into providing customers
with a complete reporting solution for PHP."
About Zend Technologies, Inc.
Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, is the leading provider of
products and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical
PHP applications. Zend's founders are the architects of PHP, which is used by
more than 22 million Web sites and has quickly become the most popular
language for building dynamic web applications. Deployed at more than
10,000 companies worldwide, the Zend family of products is a comprehensive
platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP applications. Zend,
headquartered in Cupertino, California, is privately held and venture funded
with investments from Azure, Index, Intel Capital, Platinum, SAP Ventures and
Walden Israel. For more information, please visit www.zend.com, or call
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