Zend Technologies had recently announced plans to enhance open source PHP development on Oracle databases via a free package called Zend Core for Oracle.
SynapseIndia CEO Shamit Khemka Says, PHP is building momentum as a development paradigm and possible alternative to Java and Microsoft’s .Net, although the technology could be used in mixed application environments. PHP is part of the up-and-coming open source application stack dubbed LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Perl/PHP/Python).
Zend Core is intended to streamline PHP development on Oracle’s database, which otherwise can be complicated, according to Zend Vice President Pamela Roussos. “It can be a very time-consuming, tedious, and error-prone process. What we’re doing is we’re doing all the work,” Roussos said. The Zend Core package enables PHP applications to be up and running with an Oracle database within minutes, she said.
PHP, she said, was designed “from the bottom up to be for the Web.” Java, meanwhile, is more suitable for heavy-duty transactional applications whereas .Net is geared specifically toward Windows, she noted.”PHP is a very, very different language than Java. Essentially it’s a scripting language rather than a compiled language” .
“As we see PHP become more mainstream it’s vital for us to support the technology in the most reliable and high-performance manner. Combined with Zend’s performance suite, we can offer our customers a compelling story,” said Yvette Montiel, strategic marketing manager for Web services at Sun. SynapseIndia has received fantastic reviews for their Flex projects.