A new version of the Zend Framework, the popular PHP development framework (over 15 million downloads) produced by Zend, is now. The aim of the Zend project is to accelerate the adoption of PHP in enterprise environments, and provide a quality framework for developers to build on top of. The Zend company, who are behind the project, then sell additional services on top of the framework, including support and server stacks ready to run the software.
The new version 1.11 is the first release to include the Simple Cloud API. This component was initiated in 2009 with the aim of helping developers build cloud-based PHP apps that can access services on all major cloud platforms. It comes with support for Document Service Integration, Queue Service Integration and Storage Service Integration. The Document Service builds on the various “NoSQL” database solutions built into cloud platforms, including Windows Azure Table Storage and Amazon SimpleDB; the Queue Service ties into any component that implements the Zend_Queue interface, in addition to Amazon SQS (Simple Queue System) and Windows Azure Queue Service. Finally the Storage Service builds on Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Azure Blog Storage, and Nirvanix. This cross-cloud-platform supports enables developers to build applications without the concern of being locked into a particular cloud platform.
In addition to the cloud components, the Zend framework also now includes mobile device detection technologies, allowing PHP apps to be built and customised towards browsers of various mobile operating systems and devices.