"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
"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
"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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