Author Archives: Zend DevZone Editor

Do you queue? Introduction to the Zend Server Job Queue

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There has been a lot of talk over the past several years about the difference between performance and scalability. Never mind that the difference between the two will probably not really affect most developers. Never mind that the “difference between performance and scalability” argument is often used when someone’s code performs poorly and their best argument is “Yeah, but my code scales”. Yeah, sure it does.

Installing Zend Server 5 on Linux in 4 Minutes and 37 Seconds

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With the new release of Zend Server 5 hot off the presses, Kevin Schroeder posted a video of his 4 Minute and 37 Second install of the new release onto a Linux install. He obviously spared no expense and provides background music for your development efforts.

Zend Announces General Availability of Zend Server 5.0

Zend announced today the General Availability of Zend Server 5.0. As stated in the press release, the new version delivers increased performance, faster problem resolution, and adds job queuing and includes support for PHP 5.3.

“Zend Server 5.0 is a huge step forward for businesses running business-critical PHP Web applications,” said Andi Gutmans, CEO and co-founder at Zend. “With this new version we are delivering application monitoring and diagnostics as part of the base application server at no additional cost. The new Code Tracing technology revolutionizes how businesses can reduce time spent on problem resolution. This and other enhancements will help businesses deliver reliable high-performance applications and maximize end-user satisfaction while reducing development and management time and costs.”

Webinar – Better Performance, Simpler Debugging: The New Zend Server 5 in Action!

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Zend Server 5 takes PHP performance and troubleshooting to a new level. With job queue you can schedule recurring tasks or offload long-running scripts to other servers for improved resource utilization. With code tracing you can quickly debug issues without having to reproduce problems, even when they occur in production!

Join us for a walkthrough and live demonstrations of the Zend Server 5 on February 25, at 9AM PST.

Zend Developer Zone Revamp – Start!

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The Zend Developer Zone Revamp is now underway with project infrastructure in place, and the first lines of code committed. Track the progress through the ZDZ Revamp tag covering specific news on the revamp along with articles written around the ever expanding codebase and samples.

Yes, I Crashed the Site!

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Yesterday, I performed an upgrade to a third-party package used with Zend Developer Zone. It has an automated schema update system which silently performs actions on the database that had a large impact on ZDZ and related sites causing an outage. So, there are good lessons from my post-mortem that I would like to share with the community.

Zend Developer Zone – Revamp, Rebuild, Redo, Re-Everything

In January, I returned as editor for the Zend Developer Zone. At that time I mentioned I would be chasing my goal “To provide a huge value to the PHP community with original, deep, example and situation laden content.” And we have been preparing to start that effort, and in a big way.

We will be rebuilding ZDZ from the ground up and in full public view of the community — to act as a learning experience and a showcase for PHP best practices.

Webinars: Upcoming Zend Webinars Covering Zend Server 5.0, Magento, PHP Performance and IBM i

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Zend announces four upcoming Webinars for the remainder of February:

* Best Practices for Megento Development (Feb 10)
* PHP Performance: Principles and Tools (Feb 18)
* Zend Server for IBM i in Action (Feb 24)
* Simpler Debugging, Better Performance: What’s New in Zend Server 5.0 (Feb 25)

White paper: Optimizing Drupal Performance – Benchmark Results

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Zend and Acquia have jointly released a new white paper entitled: Optimizing Drupal Performance – Benchmark Results.

This paper presents the results of performance benchmarks for comparing several common PHP runtime environments and configurations. The application used for benchmarking is Drupal, the open source social publishing platform.

Tested runtime environments included plain PHP, Zend Server (www.zend.com/products/server), and open-source optimizers, such as APC and WinCache.