Zend Server Community Edition Beta!

This week Zend released a Beta version of the new Zend Server and Zend Zerver CE (Community Edition). So last night i couldn’t sleep and decided to take a look at the CE version of the two.

Zend Server CE The package is a nice stack of applications / components that build up a solid PHP development environment. The package consists of the following main parts. And of course some 3rd party libraries to support the PHP extensions.

Like i said it’s a great stack of applications and components that gives you a solid PHP development environment up and running in seconds. On top of that it provides the nice looking web GUI in which you can easily configure most of the suite. It’s a breeze to activate or deactivate PHP extensions and Zend components. And almost all PHP ini settings can be configured here as well. There’s some logging functionality that’s always handy.

Although it would have been nice if there would be some way to configure the web server from the interface as well. And maybe some integration with PEAR? It would have been nice if the web interface had some configuration options for Apache and PEAR as well. But besides that. I like the package and think Zend did a great job on this one. The application is pretty self explanatory so i will not spend more words on it. Besides Zend did a great job at documenting it all.

Below i posted some screen shots of Zend Server CE in action:

After logging in we are greeted with a nice dashboard screen. That provides shortcuts to the rest of the application.

The Server info page shows everything running under the hood of Zend Server CE.

Configuring and activating or deactivating PHP extension sis a breeze.

The same counts for the Zend components which can be configured and activated or deactivated at will.

Configuring PHP ini settings has never been this easy

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