Zend Hosts ZendCon PHP Event

PHP technology provider Zend (zend.com) announced on Tuesday it kicked off the fourth annual Zend/PHP Conference (zendcon.com/ZendCon08/public/content/home), the world's largest gathering of the PHP community and for companies using PHP to build business-critical web applications.

The conference, held September 15 to 18 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calfornia, will see the gathering of the largest software companies, innovative web start-ups and leading-edge developers from more than 30 countries.

Zend Technologies provides products and services for developing, deploying, and managing business-critical PHP applications. As the most popular language for building dynamic web applications, PHP is used by more than 20 million websites.

This year's conference's theme is "High Impact PHP", while Zend CEO Harold Goldberg delivered the opening keynote today 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, unique web services, modern web applications for IBM i (i5/OS), and optimized web applications on the Windows platform.

At the opening of the conference, Zend announced partner initiatives and product updates that help to further advance PHP's capabilities as the premier platform for business-critical web applications, including an initiative to encourage enterprise use of PHP with IBM and for building Rich Internet Applications in collaboration with Adobe and the Ajax community.

Zend said it 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 this partnership, Adobe will help to integrate Action Message Format support into Zend Framework, which enables high bandwidth data integration between server-side PHP and client-side Flex data and logic components.

The companies also plan to enhance the experience for developers using its development environments 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. The recently released Zend Framework 1.6 marks the first version of Zend Framework to offer the Dojo integration.

The company announced it is now offering 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, as well as having shipped a new version of Zend Studio (6.1).

Zend also announced a new examination leading to the certification "Zend Certified Engineer for Zend Framework." This latest examination complements the existing ZCE for PHP certification which has already certified over 3,500 ZCEs.

"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," says Zend CEO Harold Goldberg. "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."

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