Seven Reasons Why Zend Z-Ray Is Winning Favor With PHP Developers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-09-23

Zend Technologies' Z-Ray is an innovative new technology that gives developers deep insight into how their code is running as they are developing it—all without having to change any of their habits or workflow. It's a toolbar that displays all the under-the-hood details of a page request, across all the PHP scripts involved in building the page. Z-Ray is injected into the response coming from your PHP app and shown right in front of you, in your browser. With Z-Ray, you can immediately understand the impact of your code changes, enabling you to both improve quality and solve issues long before your code reaches production. In addition to the obvious benefits of this "left shifting"—better performance, fewer production issues and faster recovery times—using Z-Ray can also be fun for developers. "Z-Ray is a bar that is injected into the bottom of your page showing lots of useful information," said Rob Allen, a PHP and Zend Framework expert based in Worcester, U.K., in a blog post. "All in all, I'm liking this functionality a lot! Instant access to all this data without having to touch any of my own source code is very, very useful."


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