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Oct 9 2007   1:03PM GMT

ZedCon: Zend Core 2.5, Eclipse, and Microsoft–oh my!


Today at ZendCon, Zend shared details about some new integration initiatives with products from IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, as well as some enhancements to the Zend version of PHP. Topping the list of announcements was an offering for developers who want to create PHP applications using Eclipse.

First, some background: ZendCon is the largest gathering of its kind for the PHP community and for companies using PHP to build and deploy business-critical web applications.

But now to the meaty bits, the announcements:

  • Zend Studio for Eclipse – The all-new commercial PHP IDE for Eclipse with immediate availability of a downloadable beta version
  • Zend Core 2.5 – Immediate availability of the new version of Zend’s production grade PHP
  • IBM releases the IBM Mashup Starter Kit, based on Zend Core, Zend Framework and DB2
  • Single source support from Zend for DB2 and Zend Core
  • Delivery by Microsoft of a new FastCGI module to improve PHP performance on Windows
  • Microsoft announces a new SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP
  • Zend announces support for the Server Core option in Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Collaboration between Zend and Microsoft to deliver support for the identity management (Information Card) in Zend Framework
  • Oracle Announces PHP support for Connection Pooling in Oracle Database 11g

For a break down of each of these new PHP points, check out the PHP company’s web site (that’s Zend) for more details.

UPDATE: Oracle details its contribution:

The enhanced OCI8 database driver for PHP provides new, improved integration between PHP and Oracle Database 11g, to allow a server-side connection pool shareable across web servers and languages, significantly enhancing the scalability of web-based systems. Highlights include:

Breakthrough Scalability – leveraging Oracle Database 11g’s Database Resident Connection Pool (DRCP) feature, a large number of users can be supported with significantly reduced memory consumption. Multiple web servers running on different systems can share a single database connection pool, helping to further reduce consumption of system resources;

High Availability – supports advanced Oracle Database features such as fast application notification with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Data Guard. PHP applications can benefit from reduced downtime and higher levels of availability with this feature;

Extended Compatibility – existing PHP applications can take advantage of DRCP and fast application notification without changes in application code, resulting in an immediate boost in scalability, enabling more efficient hardware utilization and lower TCO.

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