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December 20th, 2016

057: All things Zend

There's a lot more going on at Zend other than Zend Framework. We chat about the Zend ecosystem, from Apigility to Zend Certification and what Zend's role is in PHP internals.


All things Zend; Framework, Apigility & Certification Show Summary

The company behind Zend

  • Zend Engine is a pre-compiler for PHP and is used internally in PHP's interpreter
  • The Zend company and other products grew out of this
  • Zend is now owned by Rogue Wave

What is Zend's role in PHP Internals?

  • Rogue Wave employs a number of PHP core contributors
  • Dmitry Stogov developed much of the basis for the PHP 7 Engine (codenamed phpng at the time) while at Zend
  • Dmitry and others at Rogue Wave are working on JIT-compilation for PHP

The Zend Framework

  • Component-based framework
  • Focusses on configuration over 'magic'
  • Promotes best-practices and maintainability over rapid development
  • Used by a lot of large organizations
  • Backed by a stable company

What's new in version 3?

  • The framework is now decoupled across 61 'component' repositories instead of all the components living in a single repository - this promotes component re-use
  • Contains multiple backwards-incompatible changes, but upgrading from 2.x is not too much of a headache and well documented
  • Improved performance
  • Improved developer experience
  • Improved documentation


  • A quick way to create database-connected APIs
  • Handles a lot of the overhead/boilerplate associated with creating APIs:
    • error handling
    • content negotiation
    • versioning
    • etc

PHP and Zend Framework Certification

  • Proves you understand PHP and current best-practices
  • Focussed on core PHP concepts, rather than language features of a particular version of PHP


Adam Culp

Cal Evans

Gary Hockin

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Chris Shaw

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