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NewsFactor: How Far Can Zend Take PHP?

Jun 26, 2003, 09:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Ryan)

"PHP--the popular open-source scripting language designed to create Web pages on the fly--is having a banner year. By some accounts, it is now being used in more than 9 million Web sites worldwide.

"Zend, an Israel-based company that plays a central role in maintaining the open-source version of PHP, is using the language to build support and development tools. Zend's powerful applications focus on improving the security and performance of PHP, and they are helping the server language make headway into the enterprise.

"How far can Zend take PHP and vice versa? The answer is a critical one for the company and for many users considering adoption of the language. The consensus is that while recent moves--such as Zend's Java partnership--may drive acceptance of PHP, there are a number of limitations that could pigeonhole it as a niche product for open-source enthusiasts..."

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