Enter Deployment: Zend Server 5.5

Today Zend Server 5.5 was released.  This is actually a pretty good sized deal.  The big addition to the Zend Server feature list is deployment.  Now, you might be saying “come on, Kevin, there are many PHP deployment solutions already”.  To which I would say “yes, there are.  But there are NO solutions that work out of the box“.  Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the box.  If you have Zend Server 5.5, you have deployment. So what I’m going to do with this post is give you a quick run-through

Zend Server 5.1 Web API

This weekend we soft launched the Zend Server 5.1 update.  So soft, in fact, that I didn’t even know it was launched.  But I did know it was coming.  Most of the improvements were either bug fixes or performance improvements.  Some of the performance improvements have actually been pretty significant, particularly under load. But we did add a new feature that works both with Zend Server and Zend Server Cluster Manager.  This release for Cluster Manager is actually really nice.  I have a video demo that I recorded last week

New Zend Server Job Queue Library

This will probably be one of the last posts I do on the Zend Server Job Queue functionality.  From this point on they will probably be less frequent, though I’m sure several posts will allude to it.  The reason I’m going to put it on the back burner is because I have written a library which is now available on GitHub.  What it does is encapsulate all of the functionality that I think needs to be there to be able to implement asynchronous functionality.  I’ve been working on it off

Pre-caching FTW

I just had an epiphany. I’ve talked about pre-caching content before and the benefits thereof before. But this is the first time I realized not only that there are benefits, but that doing it is BETTER than caching inline. Let me sum up… no, there is to much. Let me explain.

Typically caching is done like this (stolen from the ZF caching docs):

Tapping millions of non-PHP PHP developers. (A manager’s short guide for migrating from Java to PHP)

I was getting ready to post the Powerpoint presentations from my last two user group meetings when I fat-fingered my “My Documents” folder and accidentally opened up a Word doc that had an old article that I had written for a Zend newsletter a while ago. So for this case of serendipity I decided that I would repost this article, which I had written long before I had a blog. The basic premise is that once you get past a few minor differences, an organization can move from Java development to PHP development in a very short amount of time, saving time, money and headaches.

How to (properly) evaluate Zend Server – Event Monitoring

So, you just received instructions to download and try out Zend Server. Or, you heard that Zend Server is a “PHP Application Server”, but you have no idea what that means and you want to find out. What do you do?

What I have often seen is that people will download and install Zend Server, try a PHP application on it and see if it works. They see that it does work. Then they ask “ok, it works but it’s not worth the price so I’ll just go back to what I was using before.” The problem here is that more often than not, and I’m sure it’s a MUCH more often than not, “worth” is not defined.

How to (properly) evaluate Zend Server – Introduction

So, today kind of got away from me and I was trying to think of what I could do to salvage this day when I came across an idea that I have had in the past. As you all probably know, Zend has salespeople. Those sales people have sales engineers who show how to use our products. However, I personally hate being on the phone for a canned presentation when all I really want to do is tinker. So, in an effort to produce something of benefit today I decided to start a series of blog posts on how to evaluate Zend Server if you are a tinkerer, like me.

Zend Server is proprietary. NNNOOOOO!!!!

In my Do You Queue article there was a comment posted about open source alternatives to Zend Server’s Job Queue. Being somewhat of an open source afficionado (I can spell that thanks to my love of fine tobacco products) that is a position that I can relate to. I have heard several times “I like what Zend Server offers but I only want to use open software, or I don’t think the features are worth the money.” I understand why. “Open” is the new black, and has been for a while now. So let’s explore these two issues. 1) Proprietary software, and 2) the price of the software.

Zend Server Cluster Manager

On June 23rd Zend announced the release of Zend Server Cluster Manager. Which means what, exactly.

PHP is designed using a shared-nothing architecture. What that means is that nothing is shared. What that really means is that each individual PHP request is isolated from every other PHP request. That’s great! It makes for a very stable, very easy to use architecture. But what happens when you go beyond one server?

The benefit of Zend Server Monitoring

I was sitting at my computer this morning when an email came in notifying me that there was an error indexing my Lucene content. This error was generated by the Zend Server event monitoring system. I went to the site and tried doing a search but saw that the results were coming up double.

I re-ran the indexing task and the searches started coming up the way they should. Mean time to resolution? 5 minutes. Customer impact? Zero. Why? Because I knew there was a problem before anyone coming to the site did. THAT is the benefit of Zend Server Event Monitoring.