Dr. Dobb's is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Channels ▼

Web Development

Zend Server 7 Zaps New Z-Ray

Zend Server 7 is here. This application platform for mobile and web apps includes the "all-new" (and no doubt shiny) Z-Ray, a piece of technology designed to give in-context visibility inside apps by showing in real time exactly what happens to construct each page.

"It helps developers write better code, detect and fix issues earlier, and collaborate with operations staff to resolve production problems faster," says the firm.

The concept here is that software teams get platform consistency across development, test, and operations, as well as automation of the release process, all of which remove inconsistencies and (in theory) improve quality and speed.

Zend CTO Zeev Suraski says that with Z-Ray, developers can immediately understand the impact of their code changes, enabling them to both improve quality and solve issues long before their code reaches production.

"In addition to the obvious benefits of this 'Left Shifting' — better performance, fewer production issues, and faster recovery times — using Z-Ray is also downright fun," he said.

The Zend Server platform implements a Continuous Delivery approach to developing PHP applications. The platform works with Continuous Integration platforms such as Jenkins and Configuration Management tools from Ansible, Chef, Puppet, and VMware, while automating all processes at the PHP application layer, including dependency management, packaging, configuration, deploy/rollback, scaling, and monitoring.

Zend Server 7 is available in three versions for operations and two versions for development.

Related Reading

More Insights

Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.