Founded in Tel Aviv in October 1999 by PHP core developers Zeev
Suraski and Andi Gutmans, the mission of Zend Technologies is to
promote the open-source, server-side PHP scripting language by
providing commercial support and state-of-the-art tools.
Zend Technologies is developing products that will increase the
performance of PHP as well as the productivity of the PHP
developer. They will soon be launching a Web site (www.zend.com) and will both present and
exhibit at ApacheCon 2000
in Orlando, Florida, March 8-10, 2000.
Zend hopes to profit from the ongoing explosion in adoptions of
PHP for Web site development -- usage has quadrupled in the
past twelve months alone to over 1.4 million sites. It is currently
estimated that over one-fourth of the Apache Web servers deployed
are running PHP.
The advantages of PHP are many. Compared to other interpreted
languages (e.g., Perl), PHP is easier to learn, faster and uses
fewer system resources. PHP always executes on the Web server and
is typically compiled into Apache. PHP is rapidly becoming the
open-source language of choice for developing dynamic Web
Sites using PHP include Red Hat Software, E*Trade, Mitsubishi
Motors, First USA Bank (source: PHP3: Programming Browser-based
Applications, McGraw-Hill, 2000) and, of course,
First created by Rasmus Lerdorf as a simple Perl script, PHP has
evolved into a powerful language and attracted top-flight
programmers to contribute to its development, including Zend
Technologies founders Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans who have become
Gutmans and Suraski have already developed the open-source Zend
Engine, a basic, general-purpose scripting engine to drive PHP. The
Zend Engine has been offered under an open-source license for the
past seven months, and is largely responsible for the rapidly
increasing use of PHP for building dynamic Web pages in ecommerce
and ebusiness applications.
Now, the Zend Engine has become the kernel for PHP version 4.0.
PHP version 4.0 Beta 4 was just released on Monday, February 21,
The PHP 4.0 Beta series is the product of many months of intense
development by the PHP group and is downwards-compatible with and a
complete rewrite of PHP 3.0. According to the developers, PHP 4.0
offers drastic improvements in every aspect -- performance,
scalability, features, platform support and extendibility. But the
most significant change in PHP 4.0 is the integration of the Zend
engine, according to the developers. They describe the new version
as "blazing fast". For more information on the PHP 4.0 Beta, see
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