Zend Monthly Newsletter – January

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p. The fine folks at Zend (you remember them, the people that pay the bills here at DevZone?) publish a free newsletter. (I bet most of you didn’t know that) They have kindly allowed me to republish the most recent issue here for your enjoyment. If you want to read it on a regular basis though you are going to have to subscribe. So take a moment and head over to “MyZend”:https://www.zend.com/myzend, login (or register) and on the preferences panel you’ll find the checkbox to subscribe. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

p. Ok, now that you’ve subscribed for future issues, here’s what was in the most recent one.

h1. Zend Newsletter – January 2007

h3. NEWS:

*(disc) “Zend Appoints Harold Goldberg CEO”:#N1
* “Zend Studio and Eclipse Project Blog”:#N2
* “Zend Germany – Plat-Forms Contest”:#N3

h3. OFFER:

*(disc) “Zend PHP5 Certification Bundle – ‘everything you need to ace the exam'”:#O1

h3. EVENTS:

*(disc) “Vancouver PHP Conference 2007, February 12/13, 2007 “:#E1
* “WEBCAST: ‘Why RPG programmers should care about PHP’:”:#E2
* “PHP Quebec, March 14-16, 2007, Montreal, Quebec”:#E3
* “SD West 2007, March 19-23, 2007, Santa Clara, CA”:#E4
* “MySQL Conference, April 23-26, 2007, Santa Clara, CA”:#E5
* “COMMON 2007 Annual Conference & Expo, April 29 – May 3, 2007, Anaheim, CA”:#E6
* “PHP|Tek 2007, May 15-18, 2007, Chicago, IL”:#E7

h3. PRODUCTS:

*(disc) “Zend Core 2.0 beta”:#P1
* “Zend Platform 3.0 beta”:#P2
* “Zend Studio 5.5”:#P3
* “Zend Framework Roadmap”:#P4
* “IBM DB2 Users, Get Your Own Zend Core!”:#P5

h3. ZEND SERVICES:

*(disc) “Zend In-Class Studio and Platform Training “:#Z1
* “Zend Packaged Consulting Services – Now Available”:#Z2

h3. DEV ZONE:

*(disc) “Traveling Road Show”:#D1
* “Musings about the AJAX Chat Tutorial”:#D2
* “Welcome Manuel Lemos – DevZone Contributor”:#D3
* “Tips and Tricks”:#D4

h2. NEWS:

h3. Zend Appoints Harold Goldberg CEO

p. On January 16, 2007 Zend announced that Harold Goldberg has joined the company as the new CEO. He joins Zend, from BMC Software, a $1.5 billion global provider of enterprise systems and service management solutions, where he was senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

p. For more information visit “this link”:http://www.zend.com/company/zend_news/announcements/2007/01/harold_goldberg_joins_zend_as_ceo.

h3. Zend Studio and Eclipse Blog

p. Yossi Leon, product manager for Zend’s development tools has begun writing a blog about his activities with the Zend Studio team and the Eclipse project. Among others, he has posted a great demonstration of Zend Studio 5.5’s new features.

p. Find Yossi’s blog and demo at: “http://blogs.zend.com/author/yossi/”:http://blogs.zend.com/author/yossi/

h3. Plat-Forms, a Web Development Platforms Comparison

p. “Plat_Forms” is a competition in which top-class teams, comprised of three programmers, compete to implement the same requirements for a web-based system within 30 hours, each team using a different technology platform (e.g. Java EE, .NET, PHP, Perl, Python, or Ruby on Rails).

p. Its purpose is to provide new insights into the real (rather than purported) pros, cons, and emergent properties of each platform. The evaluation will analyze many aspects of each solution, both external (usability, functionality, reliability, performance, etc.) and internal (structure, understandable, flexibility, etc.).

p. Zend Germany has entered one of the PHP teams in the competition.

p. For more information visit: “http://www.plat-forms.org/2007”:http://www.plat-forms.org/2007

h2. !JANUARY SPECIAL OFFER:

p. Zend PHP5 Certification Bundle – everything you need to ace the exam: Certification exam voucher, study guide, 10 online practice tests and exams.

p. Find the PHP5 Certification Bundle here: “http://www.zend.com/store/zend_php_certification/lp”:http://www.zend.com/store/zend_php_certification/lp

h2. EVENTS:

# Vancouver PHP Conference 2007, February 12/13, 2007
Check out Kevin Schroeder’s session: Caffeinated PHP, using Java to extend PHP. While PHP is one of the strongest web-based languages around there are times when additional functionality is needed, but not available in PHP. Learn to give your application that extra kick with techniques such as resource pooling, connection persistence and asynchronous execution.
# WEBCAST: **”Why RPG Programmers Should Care About PHP”**
This webcast is perfect for anyone working with IBM System i technology. During the free webcast George Farr, solution manager for IBM, and Jon Paris from Partner400 will discuss PHP and RPG IV and will cover the resources and tools that can help PHP developers unlock the data and power of the System i.
To register click “this link”:http://www.systeminetwork.com/content/f3/index.cfm?fuseaction=webcast.enrollEnhancedWebcast&webcastID=447&issueID=5059&articleID=53676.
# PHP Quebec, March 14-16, 2007, Montreal, Quebec
This year, the PHP Quebec conference will take off under the theme PHP: Beyond Theory. Details about Zend’s participation will be announced soon.
# SD West 2007, March 19-23, 2007, Santa Clara, CA
SD West 2007 is one of the premier software development events every year. It will be organized for the 20th consecutive year in 2007. Zend Founder and CTO Andi Gutmans will present “Modern Web Applications with PHP”, including updates on the status of PHP 5.x, PHP 6, Zend Framework and the Eclipse PDT (the PHP Development Tool framework for the Eclipse platform).
# MySQL Conference, April 23-26, 2007, Santa Clara, CA
Zend presence details still to be announced.
# COMMON 2007 Annual Conference & Expo, April 29 – May 3, 2007, Anaheim, CA
At this IBM System i event of the year, experts from around the world deliver education on leading-edge System i technologies – IBM (Erwin Earley) and Zend (Ed Kietlinski) will jointly present an all-day workshop that will take a comprehensive look at the essential elements of PHP 5. The workshop will prepare attendees to use tools to create scripts that are secure, efficient and reliable.
# PHP|Tek 2007, May 15-18, 2007, Chicago, IL

p. Zend presence – details still to be announced.

h2. PRODUCTS:

h3. Zend Core 2.0 beta

p. Zend Core 2.0 is a high-quality PHP 5 distribution enhanced, certified, and supported by Zend. By working cosely with the PHP community and leading software vendors Zend ensures the best integration of technologies needed for successful PHP development. This creates a robust supported solution that is easy to install, easy to maintain/update and consistent across development and deployment platforms.

p. New Zend Core Features:

*(disc) Improved Windows reliability and performance (200%-300%)
* Support for Vista and IIS
* Bundled Zend Framework 0.6.0 beta
* Optional Apache installation and configuration
* Optional Database Installation and configuration
* Easy stack installation
* Compatible with Zend Studio and Zend Platform
* You can download and use this beta product now. We are looking forward to hearing your feedback!

p. For more information see “http://www.zend.com/products/zend_core”:http://www.zend.com/products/zend_core

h3. Zend Platform 3.0 beta

p. Zend Platform 3.0 delivers a comprehensive feature-set geared towards facilitating enterprise PHP production environments. Zend Platform 3.0 comes in three configurations – PS, IS and ES – focusing on performance, integration and scalability respectively. The top-of-the-line Zend Platform ES allows PHP Applications to easily scale to multiple server clusters. It offers support for multi-machine session clustering, job queues, high availability and graceful server shutdown, all with an easy to use web-based management console.

p. You can download and use this beta product now. We are looking forward to hearing your feedback!

p. Download now at: “http://www.zend.com/products/zend_platform/zend_platform_3_0_beta”:http://www.zend.com/products/zend_platform/zend_platform_3_0_beta

h3. Zend Studio – 15,000 Downloads Since December Launch

p. Zend Studio 5.5 offers new capabilities for enhanced integration with Java and web services, improved support for team development, and new support for Zend Framework and Zend Platform.

p. Zend Studio 5.5 contains over 30 new or updated features. Highlights:

*(disc) New PHP 5.2 support
* Intel-based Mac support
* Anti-aliasing support
* Web services code completion supports URLs in SoapClient constructors
* Code completion for Java packages and classes
* Ability to view PHP runtime events in dedicated Zend Platform Events Lists
* Enabling code completion for Zend Framework
* Color marking in the file explorer based on source control status
* Zend Services offers a variety of training modules available to Zend Studio customers.

p. For more information: “http://www.zend.com/products/zend_studio”:http://www.zend.com/products/zend_studio

h3. Zend Framework Roadmap

p. Zend Framework Preview Release 0.7.0 was released January 18. The features of this preview release includes advanced solutions for internationalization, enabling PHP developers to bring their applications to a global audience using best practices.

p. The next Zend Framework milestone is 0.8.0 in mid-February, featuring solutions for message translations, logging, authentication, mail, and data filtering/validation. The general release of Zend Framework 1.0 is scheduled for the end of Q1 2007.

p. For more information visit: “http://framework.zend.com/roadmap/components”:http://framework.zend.com/roadmap/components

h3. IBM DB2 Users,Get Your Own Zend Core

p. Download Zend Core for IBM and get a version of Zend Core that is customized specifically for IBM DB2 users. It includes the latest released Zend Core, copy of IBM DB2 Express-C and a sample application that shows the capabilities of this solution and much more.

p. For more information visit: “http://www.zend.com/products/zend_core/zend_core_for_ibm”:http://www.zend.com/products/zend_core/zend_core_for_ibm

h2. ZEND SERVICES

h3. Zend In-Class Studio and Platform Training – Coming in March

p. Interested in learning how to Install, Deploy and get the most Functionality out of your Zend Studio or Zend Platform?

p. Maximize your Zend software investment, with two new classes designed specifically to help you make the most of your Studio or Platform: Zend Studio and Platform for Developers and Zend Platform for System Administrators.

p. Classes will be available in March, but click here to find out more.

h3. Zend Packaged Consulting Services – Now Available

p. Zend is pleased to offer a variety of pre-defined consulting services for your business needs. Benefit from the Zend’s expert technical consultants without the rigors and expense of custom consulting services.

p. Zend’s consulting packages include Application Audits, PHP 4 to 5 Migration assistance, and Corporate Training solutions.

p. Please contact “Zend Global Services”:http://www.zend.com/products/consulting_services for more information.

h2. Zend Developer Zone

h3. Traveling Road Show

p. The DevZone All-Star Traveling Road Show will be appearing at the following conferences: (subject to last minute changes)

# February 23, 2007
PHP Conference UK 2007 – “http://www.phpconference.co.uk/”:http://www.phpconference.co.uk/
# March 15-16, 2007
PHP Quebec – “http://conf.phpquebec.com/en/conf2007/”:http://conf.phpquebec.com/en/conf2007/
# April 23-26, 2007
MySQL Users Conference – “http://www.mysqlconf.com/”:http://www.mysqlconf.com/
# May 15-18, 2007
php|tek – “http://hades.phparch.com/ceres/public/tek/”:http://www.mysqlconf.com/

h3. Musings About the AJAX Chat Tutorial

p. DevZone twisted the needles off of three click-meters keeping track of everybody visiting the incredible “Ajax Chat Tutorial”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1581 by “Padraic Brady”:http://blog.astrumfutura.com/

p. This seven (7) part series is one of the most popular we’ve ever published. If you’ve ever been curious about Ajax or the Zend Framework, this is the tutorial for you.

h3. Welcome Manuel Lemos

p. We are also pleased to welcome Manuel Lemos as a regular contributor. Many of you will recognize Manuel from wither his great code contributions to the PHP community or as the man behind “phpclasses.org”:http://phpclasses.org. Manuel has started reviewing some of the better classes he comes across for DevZone.

h3. TIPS and TRICKS

# “Preventing Unwanted Access to Your API”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1616
# “Using Zend Framework Without PDO”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1553
# “Overloading Arrays in PHP 5.2.0”:https://devzone.zend.com/article/1411