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Probably more than one jaw hit the floor when yesterday Zend and Microsoft announced that they were going to start playing nicely with each other. If anyone has ever tried to get PHP to load into a windows 2003 server probably knows what I am talking about too.

Amongst all the industry buzz worthiness of the day, Google purchases a wiki development company, Sony getting sued but once again, this time for price fixing memory chips, and Dr. Who sweeping the British TV awards show, the PHP Windows news takes the #1 slot on news that was good to hear.

The use of PHP on windows is a good thing, many programs like Drupal, BASE, Acid, Wiki’s, just about everything useful in Open Source web apps use PHP in one form or another. People who have tried to configure PHP on a windows 2003 server knows the pain of getting it to run at all, let alone nicely. With Zend support (Zend is a cool way of making PHP work faster on windows, and already exists and is usable with a number of IIS versions) actually being developed to work in the windows environment, the expectation is that the system will work in a much faster more stable environment.

Paul Krill writes:

“The Microsoft-Zend collaboration will open doors for more people to consider running PHP on Windows in production applications, said RedMonk analyst Michael Cote. “It looks like they’re just taking care of some of the architectural things,” he said.

Microsoft, Cote said, realizes that people want to run dynamic languages on Windows.

Other facets of the collaboration involve technical improvements for PHP on Windows Server, which will be submitted under a PHP license to the PHP community for feedback. Zend will establish a Windows testing lab to maintain high performance of PHP on Windows Server.

The two companies also plan to work to ensure a production-quality PHP runtime environment for IIS 6.0 for Windows Server 2004, and for IIS 7.0 on Longhorn. Both vendors will participate in the PHP community to help developers planning to deploy PHP applications on Windows Server.

Zend in the first quarter of 2007 plans to start using the PHP improvements in its Zend Core product line. A technology preview of an updated Windows version of Zend Core is available here. Also, Zend will use the technology for its Zend Platform product line to support business-critical PHP environments on Windows Server.” (Paul Krill, 2006).

Check out the Zend Open source Conference here for more information (notice that Microsoft is a sponsor this year as well).

Good news for everyone who develops PHP and then ports over to a windows server system. I can’t wait to download it and see what it will do on our test servers, this should be really interesting to see how easy this will be to install, and if there are any noticeable performance improvements.

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