IBM peps up its PHP support

IBM is putting its weight behind the popular PHP scripting language with a new educational suite and development environment.

Its developerWorks online resource will now include technical articles, forums and tutorials for PHP, which IBM estimates to make up around 40 per cent of the programming language market.

‘Our partnership with IBM further cements PHP as the language of choice for business-critical Web applications,’ said Doron Gerstel, CEO and President for Zend.

It has also partnered with Zend Technologies to create a PHP development environment specifically to encourage PHP development on its open source Cloudscape and DB2 databases as well as support for XML and Web services.

The ‘Zend Core for IBM’ will be built for PHP5 and will be available in March 2005 as a free download.

IBM claims this makes it the first vendor to support both Java and PHP in its databases.

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