Zend - The PHP Company

Zend Hosts Fourth Annual Zend PHP Conference

Zend Hosts Fourth Annual ZEND/PHP Conference and Announces New Products and Partner Initiatives

Announcement with Adobe, New Zend Core for IBM i, New Zend Studio Version 6.1  and New Zend Engineer Certification Program for Zend Framework Highlight Start of World’s Largest PHP Conference

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIASeptember 16, 2008 - Today at ZendCon, the fourth annual Zend/PHP Conference, Zend took steps to further advance PHP’s capabilities as the premier platform for business-critical web applications, including an initiative to strengthen enterprise use of PHP with IBM and for building Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) in collaboration with Adobe and the Ajax community.

ZendCon is the world’s largest gathering of the PHP community and for companies using PHP to build business-critical web applications.  It is the annual meeting place for an ecosystem that includes the world’s largest software companies, innovative web start-ups and leading-edge developers from more than 30 countries.

The conference’s theme is "High Impact PHP", with Zend's CEO Harold Goldberg delivering the opening keynote by discussing the ever increasing impact of PHP on businesses, communities and individuals.  More than 70 sessions will discuss the business cases and best practices for using PHP to create rich internet applications, powerful web services, modern web applications for IBM i (i5/OS), optimized web applications on the Windows platform, and much more.

At the opening of the conference today Zend announced partner initiatives and product updates that underscore the increasing importance and maturity of PHP:
•    Zend announced that they will collaborate with Adobe to make it easier to develop rich Internet applications based on PHP and the free, open source Flex framework.  As part of the collaboration Adobe will help to integrate Action Message Format (AMF) support into Zend Framework, which enables high bandwidth data integration between server-side PHP and client-side Flex data and logic components. This makes it easier for PHP to be used in combination with Flex, Ajax and Adobe AIR to deliver RIAs to the desktop. The companies also plan to enhance the experience for developers using their development environments (Zend Studio and Adobe Flex Builder) and to create special websites to educate users of PHP with Flex. 
•    Zend and the Dojo Foundation are collaborating to deliver an out-of-the-box solution for building Ajax-based web applications with Zend Framework and Dojo Toolkit.  Zend Framework 1.6, which was released earlier this month, is the first version of Zend Framework to offer the Dojo integration.
•    Zend announced the immediate availability of Zend Core for i5/OS 2.6, the latest certified PHP stack specifically designed for IBM i5/OS and used to deploy business critical web applications on IBM i platforms.  This release improves security, includes the latest Zend Framework 1.6, and includes extensions that make it easier for PHP to access native resources on the i5.
•    Zend shipped a new version of Zend Studio (6.1), the leading PHP IDE that allows developers to take advantage of the sophisticated, feature-rich Eclipse framework. The new version adds support for Zend Framework & Dojo Toolkit integration, making Ajax Javascript-based rich web applications easier to build and deliver.
•    Zend also announced a new examination leading to the certification “Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) for Zend Framework.”  ZCE for Zend Framework complements the existing ZCE for PHP certification which has already certified over 3,500 ZCEs.  Zend Certification sets the industry standard for PHP certifications, recognizing outstanding expertise and delivering a measure of distinction for PHP 5 and Zend Framework developers by utilizing exam topics specified by a neutral board of top PHP experts and community members worldwide.

”The high degree of interest for the conference matches the interest for PHP solutions we witness in the market and growing participation from major companies like Adobe, IBM and Microsoft,” said Harold Goldberg, Zend’s CEO.  “This year ZendCon will again be larger and more exciting than ever.  I’m proud that we are able to offer a PHP conference so rich in topics, covering the business and technology of PHP, from participants who are new to PHP, all the way to the world’s leading PHP experts.”

About Zend

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 twenty million web sites and has quickly become the most popular language for building dynamic web applications.  Deployed at more than 25,000 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 www.zend.com, or call 1-408-253-8800.


Media Contact
Bradford Cottel
Zend Technologies
+1 408 253 8812