"Zend Framework 1.8 expands the PHP framework to work
with Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service. Zend Framework has also
added new rapid application development (RAD) features to
accelerate PHP development.
"The Zend Framework is the PHP competitor to .NET, JavaEE and
Ruby on Rails (RoR) development frameworks. With the new release,
Zend Technologies, the lead commercial sponsor behind PHP, is
aiming to build on its enterprise momentum for PHP, after releasing
its Zend Server PHP middleware play last month.
""The timing for the release of Zend 1.8 could not be better as
we just announced Zend Server and the two play very nicely
together," Zeev Suraski, co-founder and CTO at Zend Technologies,
told InternetNews.com. "Now I think we really have a complete stack
available for users. We have the Zend Studio IDE [Integrated
development environment] that has Zend Framework support, and Zend
Server comes bundles with it, making it a good development and
deployment stack for PHP."