Zend Announces PHP Standardization Project

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2005-10-19 Print this article Print

Zend heads up a new industry-wide collaboration project to standardize PHP Web application development.

BURLINGAME, Calif.—Zend Technologies, creator of the open source PHP web development platform, introduced Wednesday a new industry-wide collaboration project to standardize development on the fast-growing platform.

The Zend PHP Collaboration Project is an open source initiative through which the PHP community and Zends corporate partners will create an industrial-grade, de facto standard PHP Web application development and deployment environment, said company co-founder and CEO Doron Gerstel.
Gerstel said the projects first initiative will be to carve out a universal Zend PHP framework in order to standardize the way all PHP applications are built.
"This will accelerate and improve the development and deployment of mission-critical PHP Web applications," Gerstel said. PHP puts Web apps, wikis in users hands. Click here to read more. Zends second action within the new project involves a new partnership with the Eclipse Foundation, maker of a popular open source software development toolkit. Zend has joined the foundation with "strategic developer" status and is now preparing to head up a PHP-focused project within the Eclipse community, Gerstel said. The Zend PHP Collaboration Project involves the participation of the open source community and a growing group of Zend partners and customers, including IBM, Oracle, MySQL, Intel, Actuate, ADP, FileMaker, Schematic, StepUp Commerce, OmniTI, SugarCRM 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," Gerstel said. "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 Zend PHP Framework project is designed to bring simplicity, an open standard, a friendly license and a structured development process all leading to a uniform code base for next-generation Web applications, the company said. Click here to read more about Zends PHP platform. "PHPs simplicity can ease adoption and reduce complexity and cost for corporate developers," said Rod Smith, IBM Fellow and vice president of the companys emerging software technology group. "Intel welcomes the PHP Collaboration Project as a new paradigm for PHP application development and deployment," said Jon Bork, Director of Intels 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." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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