December 4, 2006 Timothy Prickett Morgan
As promised, Zend Technologies is diligently doing the job of back-porting its PHP language and related Zend for i5/OS tools to OS/400 V5R3. This year, as we all know, Zend delivered a freebie version of the PHP tools for i5/OS V5R4, but given that maybe only 15,000 or so people have V5R4, this limits the appeal of PHP on the System i5 platform and its predecessors. Which is why Zend and IBM are working together on a port to OS/400 V5R3, which probably has four or five times as many users.
Last week, Jim Dillard, the IBM alliance manager at