Zend Framework now supports Windows Azure Already

Friday, August 12, 2011

Retain the name for Microsoft is not an easy matter. There are times when the company should be able to embrace the other side to cooperate. Microsoft is now trying to embrace the PHP developers and invite them to develop applications with the platform Cloud. Giant companies are now working with the Zend Framework Zend Technologies to launch a 1:10 version that integrates with Windows Azure. Vijay Rajagopalan, principal architect Microsoft, said the support of Zend Framework for the Windows Azure Cloud, is the successful collaboration of both companies.

Mid-year 2009, Microsoft has launched a Community Technology Preview of Windows Azure SDK for developing PHP CTP, which Rajagopalan promises that Windows Azure will eventually integrate with Zend Technologies. "PHP developers discovered that the Windows Azure platform attractive," said Jean Paoli, general manager at Microsoft. "Microsoft's decision to contribute to the component-based Windows Azure PHP Zend Framework to help demonstrate Microsoft's commitment to openness and interoperability by providing choices and greater opportunities for customers and Microsoft partners."

The importance of support for Zend Framework support in Windows Azure is a component Zend_Service_WindowsAzure new in version 1.10 which is a contribution from the Redmond company on open source PHP projects. Rajagopalan explained that developers will now be able to use Windows Azure API of their PHP applications while they can take advantage of cloud services platform, like the Blob Storage, Storage Table and Queue Service.

"The simplicity and versatility possessed PHP makes it very ideal for developing cloud applications using it. Native support for Windows Azure at 1:10 Zend Framework Windows Azure to deliver the toughness of the Zend Framework user community, "said Zeev Suraski, co-founder of Zend. "Together with this new feature, we shorten the learning curve for beginners, with improved documentation, new tutorials and documentation of structural improvements."


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