Zend Framework 1.9 Features PHP 5.3 Readiness and New Professional Components

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Business-focused components such as: RESTful web services, queuing for asynchronous processes, LDAP, RSS/Atom, and DBUnit test support

Zend Framework continues to broaden its appeal for professional PHP developers who want to benefit from a cohesive set of best practices, design patterns, and a community-driven project

Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, today announced that the widely successful open source project Zend Framework, which has been downloaded many millions of times, is issuing its fifth update since debuting two years ago and will be available Friday. The new version, Zend Framework 1.9, features PHP 5.3 support, plus new and enhanced community-built professional level features for web application development.

"Zend Framework continues to broaden its appeal for professional PHP developers who want to benefit from a cohesive set of best practices, design patterns, and a community-driven project," said Zeev Suraski, chief technology officer and co-founder at Zend. "With Zend Framework, worldwide talent and solutions are available for any business problem at hand, already solved and pre-crafted by someone in the massive Zend Framework open-source community."

New features in Zend Framework 1.9:
•Complete support for PHP 5.3 as well as 5.2 means developers can use the latest PHP language features in their Zend Framework-based apps
•RESTful web services: now made easier through automated routing/detection
•Message queues: useful for offload processing (credit card transactions, media uploads), cross-platform communication, user messaging features, and more.
•LDAP: Microsoft ActiveDirectory & Novell, plus searching, filtering, and tree features
•RSS & Atom: consume these popular feed formats using a common API and higher performance cached HTTP
•DBUnit support: DBUnit's test data setup and teardown make unit testing Zend Framework applications much easier

"In addition to building the new Shape.com site using Zend Framework, SonomaCreative is building all new websites we design on a combination of the rock-solid Zend Framework components in combination with our own custom in-house components," said Mark Gordon, CEO of SonomaCreative, a Northern California based web development firm.

"We have also found that the new Zend Studio 7, with support for creating and generating Zend Framework code, makes our job building web applications for our clients much faster and easier. The combination of Zend Framework and Zend Studio means we are more productive because we spend more of our time actually customizing applications for our clients and less time building the plumbing and standard components that every application needs."

In other news

Zend Studio 7.0 was released today with new and expanded support for code generation of Zend Framework applications. For more detail, please go here: http://tinyurl.com/zendstudio7announced

About Zend Technologies

Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP Company, is the leading provider of products and services for developing, deploying, and managing business-critical PHP applications. PHP is used by more than 20 million Web sites and has quickly become the most popular language for building dynamic Web applications. Deployed at more than 27,000 companies worldwide, the Zend family of products is a comprehensive platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP applications. Zend is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

For more information, please visit http://www.zend.com or call +1 408-253-8800.

Zend, Zend Technologies, Zend Framework, Zend.com, Zend Server, and Zend Studio, and associated logos and icons, are trademarks of Zend Technologies, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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