Category Archives: Articles

Extending Your Eclipse IDE With Zend Studio

Zend Studio has a long history and for all these years the primary way for delivering it was through an installation package. You download a big installation package, extract it and, voilà, you have a PHP IDE ready for use. But what if you want to have the same IDE used for different programming languages, e.g. PHP and Java, or… Read more »

Zend Studio 13 Debugging Improvements

Zend Studio 13 includes a new set of very useful enhancements that make configuring and monitoring PHP debugger settings simpler. Most of the new features described in this article were developed to reduce the amount of possible pitfalls that users may encounter while setting up the debugger configuration in IDE. Smart detection of debugger settings When creating a new PHP… Read more »

Z-Ray Tip #1: Sharing The Wealth

Hi guys. This brief post heralds the beginning of a new blog series with the sole purpose of providing tips on developing with Z-Ray. While Z-Ray boasts a highly intuitive and easy-to-use UI – there are still some shadowy areas that could benefit from a pointer or two. So here goes! This first tip highlights an extremely useful feature in Z-Ray that is probably… Read more »

What’s New in the Zend Studio 13 PHP Editor

The new Zend Studio 13 includes PHP 7 support, and the PHP 7 Express migration assistant to help you migrate your existing PHP code to the upcoming PHP 7 version.  Plus, it adds lots of improvements and new functionalities. We are always working to make the life of PHP developers easier and more productive. With this short article I will… Read more »

Running Drupal on AWS using Zend Server

In this post I’m going to walk you through the steps for creating a new development environment consisting of a Drupal application running on AWS. I’m going to use an EC2 instance with Zend Server and RDS to handle the database part, and the AWS networking functionality to handle networking. First, I’m going to launch a Zend Server instance using… Read more »

Introducing PHP 7 Express

The PHP 7 revolution is well upon us and at the end of the year we should be seeing an official release. To help you prepare for the expected changes, the upcoming version of Zend Studio – Zend Studio 13, includes a new migration tool called PHP 7 Express. PHP 7 Express scans your PHP code for potential compatibility issues… Read more »

Develop Your First Zend Server Plugin – Part 2

In the previous article in this series you learned how to develop a Z-Ray plugin. Once you feel your plugin is ready, you can share it with the entire community via the new Zend Server Plugin Gallery, or – deploy it on your Zend Server for easier management and handling. This article describes how to package the plugin and prepare it for… Read more »

Debugging PHP Web Apps in a Docker Container

Debugging is an essential task of software development in any programming language. Unfortunately, the out-of-the-box experience with debugging in PHP is not always great. The “stock” PHP binaries available at do not come configured with either of the two popular debug servers Xdebug and Zend Debugger. Developers are required to do additional configuration to make debugging possible with their… Read more »