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LXer 04-08-2009 12:30 AM

LXer: PHP Middleware Debuts With Zend Server
 
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PHP is one of the most popular languages for Web development and is a critical component of the LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) (define) stack. Now PHP is getting a stack of its own, thanks to the new Zend Server, which packages PHP for Web application deployment and monitoring. While Zend Server could be thought of as PHP middleware, in the same sense as Java middleware, Gutmans sees it a little differently. "I personally wouldn't call it middleware exactly -- but it is," Gutmans said. "PHP is the back end of the front end, and front end of the back end, depending on how you look at it. It can definitely be used and is used as middleware, but I typically just say Web application server because I think that's how people best understand it."

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