Zend Technologies has announced the availability of version 3.6 of Zend Platform. The new version of the PHP Web application server delivers new and enhanced functionality in three major areas: PHP intelligence, performance management, and cluster management.
Performance has remained an issue for dynamic languages such as PHP and Ruby. Zend Platform 3.6 improves the performance of PHP applications by caching pre-optimized PHP byte code, Zend officials said. The product features support for file- or URL-based page caching, client-side caching and in-memory or disk-based data caching.Zend also introduced Zend Studio for Eclipse, an IDE for PHP developers. It has seen more than 250,000 downloads since its launch in September 2007.