New to version 8 is integration with VMware Workstation software for desktop virtualization for Windows and Linux. This makes it easier to deploy PHP applications to Linux, Gutmans said. Developers get emulation of their production environment. Also featured is better AJAX support, with capabilities for code assist, debugging, Web request profiling and support for AJAX toolkits, such as jQuery and Dojo. Zend with Zend Studio 8.0 is reducing the price of the product from $399 to $299.
PHP, Gutmans said, continues to gain momentum in Web application deployments. "It was built for the Web," he said.
Java, meanwhile, is too complicated, Gutmans argued. "Enterprise Java is really not gaining a lot of new workloads when it comes to the Web," GUtmans said. "It was really not designed with the Web in mind."
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