Zend Prepares for PHP 7 With Tailored Products, Services

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-10-20 Print this article Print
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Developers start off with just the specific components they need while still using other components they may already have in their apps. Components may be updated individually, instead of waiting for full framework releases, providing flexible and convenient maintenance schedules. Expressive is a key step towards an upcoming Zend Framework 3 release, providing a preview of the component-centric, performance, and usability goals of the project. Developers will see immediate performance benefits when writing new applications, Zend said.

“More than simply reusability, Expressive takes components to a new level, allowing you to start as simply as possible and progress to harnessing the full power of the PHP ecosystem,” said Zeev Suraski, Zend CTO and co-founder. “Combined with the power of PSR-7 in Expressive, this is truly a renaissance in PHP.”

Zend also announced that its Z-Ray PHP debugging and productivity solution will be available for preview as a standalone technology designed to work on existing PHP stacks. This new preview of Z-Ray is a standalone version of the Z-Ray technology included within Zend Server.

The Z-Ray provides developers with "X-Ray vision" and application awareness via in-context visibility inside applications, showing exactly what happens to construct each page – from initial coding through final deployment. Z-Ray empowers developers to write and deliver quality code, detect and fix issues earlier, and collaborate with operations staff to resolve production problems faster.

“Zend takes a proactive approach to listening and responding to customer and partner feedback,” Suraski said. “Many customers and partners wanted to see a full version of Z-Ray running independently, separate from Zend Server. “The new Z-Ray standalone version empowers developers to get deep insight into the application code and performance of their existing PHP stack. The result is greater developer productivity and higher quality applications in the end.”

For mobile app debugging, Z-Ray Live! delivers information on requests originating from native mobile clients and API calls. This enables developers to see into the server-side execution of mobile app requests. Also, developers can easily create their own customized view in Z-Ray with the new Z-Ray extensibility API to support any framework or application.

Finally, also at ZendCon, Zend announced that Zend Server 8.5 is now available on Google Cloud Platform. Combining the simplicity of Google Cloud Launcher with the sophistication of Google Cloud Platform, developers now have fast and affordable access to an enterprise-class compute environment for their PHP applications, Zend said.

"Zend Server on Google Cloud Platform will allow PHP developers to produce enterprise-grade applications in the very epicenter of disruption -- the cloud," Gutmans, who also is Rogue Wave’s executive vice president of strategic partnerships, said. "Our work with Google Cloud Platform gives developers the ammunition they need to create the quality, forward-looking applications businesses require to thrive."

Zend Server is available from Google Cloud Launcher, which lets developers easily deploy Zend Server with just a few clicks. First-time users of Google Cloud Platform qualify for up to $300 in credits that they can use toward the first 60 days of cloud usage.

“With Zend Server costing less than $1 per day, the Google Cloud Platform credits can provide a meaningful jump start to developers building business applications,” says Amy Anderson, Zend director of business development, said in a statement.

Zend’s initial offering on Google Cloud Platform is Zend Server 8.5 Developer Edition. Designed to provide the features of a production environment at a developer-friendly price, this edition includes the latest Z-Ray plug-ins and extensions. Version 8.5 features the gallery of community-driven add-ons and brings a new ecosystem around Z-Ray and Zend Server to Google Cloud Platform.


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