Zend announces agreement with Dojo to enable easier client-side programming with Zend Framework

Zend is excited to announce a partnership between Dojo and Zend Framework. The goal is to deliver a one-stop solution for building rich internet applications with PHP & Ajax. Zend’s co-founder and chief technical officer Andi Gutmans discusses this announcement in-depth on his blog. On Tuesday May 27th Zend Framework and Dojo team members will hold a joint webinar to answer any questions about this partnership.

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New Zend Core update for PHP 5.2.6

Zend has released a new update for Zend Core 2.5 which includes the latest PHP 5.2.6 maintenance release and a number of other updates. This update is provided free of charge to any customer with a Zend Core support contract. This release includes:

  • Latest PHP stable version, PHP 5.2.6 – This release includes over 120 bug fixes and security fixes. Key security fixes are:
    • Fixed possible stack buffer overflow in the FastCGI SAPI
    • Fixed integer overflow in printf()
    • Fixed security issue detailed in CVE-2008-0599
    • Fixed a safe_mode bypass in CURL
    • Properly address incomplete multibyte chars inside escapeshellcmd()
  • The Oracle oci8 support was updated to V.2.4 which adds support for Oracle 11g, several key enhancements and various bug fixes. Key improvements are:
    • Fixed PECL bug #10194 (crash in Oracle client when memory limit reached in the callback)
    • Allowed statement cache size to be set for non-persistent connections
    • Improved oci_password_change() to close persistent connections on shutdown (to update hashed connection details)
    • Changed oci_pconnect() to behave like oci_connect() when SYSDBA and SYSOPER privileges are used
  • The Linux update also includes the latest version of OpenSSL (v0.9.8g), CURL (7.18.1) and Zend Optimizer (3.3.5)

All Zend Core customers are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible for the most reliable PHP environment.

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Parallels and Zend Form Technology Partnership Joint Solutions Will Optimize PHP Technology and the Application Packaging Standard

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Zend Technologies and Parallels today announced that they will collaborate on solutions that enable hosting providers to deliver world-class PHP applications through Parallels’ control panels and server virtualization offerings. The companies will deliver product interoperability and integration, define packaging and distribution standards, and pursue joint marketing initiatives.Zend products will be certified with the Application Packaging Standard (APS), a new application packaging format designed to help easily and quickly implement software as a service (SaaS). Using the APS standard, hosting providers will be able to configure technology stacks based on Zend products to deliver premium PHP solutions for operating business-critical web applications.

“The APS standard is already supported by more than 100 PHP applications for everything from blogging and collaboration to content management, ecommerce and CRM,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. “The Parallels-Zend partnership advances the web hosting industry by helping service providers deliver a greater variety of professional PHP applications and by growing the channel for PHP application vendors.” “With thousands of web applications available for individual and business use, PHP is one of the key technologies for hosting companies to support,” said Mark de Visser, chief marketing officer, Zend Technologies. “Combining the PHP expertise of Zend with the packaging, delivery and maintenance capabilities of the APS standard will further expand the portfolio of high-quality PHP applications.” “It is exciting to see Parallels and Zend extending their partnership,” said Jochen Berger, CTO of intergenia AG. “We believe that this collaboration will enable us to broaden our portfolio with applications built on Zend technology.” Availability Zend and Parallels will deliver an APS-compliant Zend Framework and an updated version of Zend Optimizer later this quarter. Over time, the companies plan to release new versions of all Zend products that support the APS standard.

About Parallels – Optimized Computing Parallels is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com.

About Zend – The PHP Company Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP Company, is the leading provider of products and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical PHP applications. PHP is used by more than twenty million websites and has quickly become the most popular language for building dynamic web applications. Deployed at more than 25,000 companies worldwide, Zend’s family of products provides a comprehensive platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP applications.

Zend is headquartered in Cupertino, California. For more information, please visit www.zend.com.

CONTACT: Parallels Inc Ben Rudolph, 425-282-6446 Director of Corp Communications ben@parallels.com or SparkPR for ZEND Jeff Koo, 415-321-1866 jkoo@sparkpr.com Copyright Business Wire 2008 -0- KEYWORD: United States

Zend Framework Reaches New Milestone: 5 Million Downloads

With now over 5 millions downloads under its belt (2.5 million of those in the past six months alone!) the Zend Framework open-source project has shown phenomenal growth. This means a much larger and more vibrant community of developers to hire from, to pore over and vet ZF code contributions, and, in general, to raise the bar for professional PHP development.To that end, we are happy to announce a new case study showcasing the world-famous Indy 500 racetrack: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and their standardization on Zend Framework. Read a short summary here or the entire case study to see why IMS chose Zend. Jon Whitcraft, Lead Application Developer at IMS said: “I can’t tell you how important a friendly and growing community is to building a product the open-source way.”

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Award-winning Zend Framework releases version 1.5!

Zend Framework was awarded a “Jolt Productivity Award” at the 18th annual Dr. Dobb’s Jolt Awards, the “Oscars of the software industry.” With over 4.5 million downloads, Zend Framework has become the fastest growing PHP framework on the market. Now the award-winning open source framework has released version 1.5 which supports new services and enhancements to many existing features. Highlights include:

  • Support for OpenID and Microsoft’s InfoCard – two emerging technologies behind “Identity 2.0,” a movement to simplify and fortify identity management online
  • Forms – New support for forms, including Ajax usage patterns that makes building and using web-based forms much easier
  • Layout and view – New layout support and view enhancements for consistent look and feel throughout PHP applications
  • LDAP authentication – Now with enterprise-ready authentication using LDAP technology
  • Lucene search engine – New advanced queries using wildcards, date ranges, fuzzy searches as well as Lucene index format version 2.1
  • Extended Ajax support – Server-side support for Ajax with action helpers to automate Ajax detection and responses makes programming using JavaScript & PHP much easier
  • UTF-8 character sets in Adobe PDF creation – PDF support enhanced to enable non-Latin character sets such as Kanji, Cyrillic, etc.
  • Google GData web services – Significant enhancements to Google Data services makes it easier to build web applications that leverage the Google application network. New support for upload and write capabilities to Google YouTube

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Is Drupal the best CMS or is it Joomla?

When I read forums, sometimes I see people asking for advice on which CMS would be adapted for their particular project, and often there are replies of what looks like Joomla fanatics who answer without any argument that Joomla is the best CMS.

I can’t stand it because I know it’s wrong, but then I’m not paid to promote any particular CMS nor am I paid by the original poster to convince him to choose the best solution for his project. Because let’s be real here, for most common uses, from people who have no experience of CMS, Joomla will do the job as well as a number of other CMS solutions!

Drupal LogoI say that Drupal is the best CMS and I can back it up, but anyone who had first hand experience with both CMS can state the same as me: Joomla (and previously Mambo) is not as good a work of art as Drupal, it is less efficient and is less flexible. The positive thing about Joomla is that the graphic design part of their user community is clearly more developped than Drupal’s and probably even the total user community is larger than Drupal’s because when you look at both projects from an untrained eye Joomla look far better out of the box. Joomla also have tons of modules/add-ons to add features and so has Drupal. In fact there are some “contests” organized on the web and sometimes Drupal wins, sometimes Joomla wins. But honestly if a contest has public vote, then what? You have the biggest user community who can go to a website and vote and then you win? OK, this is lame. The next one in line is the Packtpub Award with voting closing on october 26th and if you vote you could win a….. yes a stupid iPod, of course what do you think? It’s not christmas! The award has a total fund of $20 000 in prizes you get to win a stupid iPod, life’s cruel sometimes… And if Joomla wins, then life can be really cruel sometimes! Because, come on! Drupal is clearly better, even a canadian recognizes Drupal is the best! Although finally he says that he would recommend Joomla over Drupal for an “organization looking for a CMS to merely manage the pages and content on your website”. In fact to merely manage the pages and content on your website, clearly any CMS would do the job, hopefully. But Drupal can do it too -)

So the user community is more vibrant on Joomla, but the code of the CMS isn’t as clean and efficient as Drupal. In Drupal the administration panel is part of the website, it’s based on user’s rights to see or not to see the administration menus. On Joomla it’s more classic, you access the admin panel and manage things from here. The admin panel looks nicer on Joomla too, so you understand why many people believe it is the best CMS, it attracts the eye.

There’s is something that will change things a little, it’s that Joomla will very soon have a major update with the 1.5 version, and Drupal will continue to improve with Drupal 6 before the end of the year. The major update of Joomla is worth installing and try out. But for sure Drupal 6 is the CMS to install to base your future projects on.

It’s simple, several years ago I had one Drupal and one Mambo (before being called Joomla) sites, and after that most of my projects have been done with Drupal, it’s so versatile, so flexible, so clear and works like a charm, I never had anything to complain about, it can do so much more than what I have time to implement!

OK, Joomla fanatics can say exactly the same thing as I said, but for me Drupal is the best CMS, if you’re new to CMS and want to start a website, you cannot make a mistake by choosing Drupal and start to learn it. Anyway it doesn’t hurt to install both CMS and start 2 websites instead of one, but if you have that kind of motivation and time in your hands, then you can learn deeper and deeper about Drupal, you’ll love it!

To rest my case I’ll send to you to more reading dealing with Drupal vs Joomla:

Source: http://blog-money-wiki.com/blog/2007/10/is-drupal-the-best-cms-or-is-it-joomla.php

Drupal 6.0 released

After one year of development, Drupal 6.0 is ready to release to the world. Thanks to the tireless work of the Drupal community, over 1,600 issues have been resolved during the Drupal 6.0 release cycle. These changes are evident in Drupal 6’s major usability improvements, security and maintainability advancements, friendlier installer, and expanded development framework. Further, from bug fix to feature request, these issues follow-through on the Drupal project’s continued commitment to deliver flexibility and power to themers and developers.

Today, Drupal powers sites including the homepages of Warner Brothers Records, The New York Observer, Fast Company, Popular Science, and Amnesty International and project sites by SonyBMG, Forbes, Harvard University, and more. Drupal can be used to create personal weblogs (Tim Berners-Lee), deliver podcasts (TWIT.tv), connect online communities (SpreadFireFox.com), form artist collectives (Terminus 1525) or inform the masses (The Onion).

What’s new

The Drupal 6.0 release contains many improvements, some visible from the first click, and others hidden beneath the hood. For a quick video tour, check out Greg Knaddison’s “New features in Drupal 6.0 screencast“, or one of the other screencasts linked below. While the complete list of changes is too lengthy to list here, we have included just a few of the reasons we’re so excited about Drupal 6.

Please visit http://drupal.org/drupal-6.0 for more information.