IBM announced a deal with Zend to make an integrated programming solution using the PHP language. The company also said it wants to deliver at least 30 existing software projects to open-source developers.
IBM officials hope their endorsement of PHP will serve to drum up support among developers for Cloudscape. They contend that PHP now accounts for more than 40% of the overall Web programming language market and about 70% of the Unix-based Apache Web platform market.
"As we see now where the PHP community can take 5.0 with its addition of Web services and XML support, it is one more community we want to embrace. It has been successful among professional Web site developers and the SMB market, and as we look at where SOAs and On-Demand are going, this gives us one more technology that helps link solutions together," said Rod Smith, IBM vice president in charge of Internet-based emerging technologies.