PHP applications are not only getting faster, they are also about to get a lot easier to build.
Zend Technologies, which is now a unit of Rogue Wave Software, has released technology preview version 8.5 of Zen Server, which is based on a much faster PHP 7 implementation of the popular Web application programming language, along with a release candidate of Expressive, a tool that makes it simpler to stitch middleware components together.
In addition, Zend announced that it is making its automated Z-Ray analytics software available on top of other PHP frameworks, while pledging that Zen Server 8.5 will also be available on the Google Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud. Zen Server is already available on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Zend Technologies President Stu Schmidt says PHP 7 will enable PHP applications to run 2.5 times faster, which he says is helping fuel a renaissance in PHP application development on the Web.
While there is clearly no shortage of programming tools to choose from these days, PHP remains one of the workhorses for building Web applications. What is taking place now is the emergence of more sophisticated frameworks for automating the development of those applications in a way that should increase not only the productivity of individual developers, but also improve the actual experience of the end users that wind up invoking those applications.