We are excited to announce the availability of Zend Server 8.5 featuring a new gallery of community-driven add-ons. The overwhelming popularity of Z-Ray has now evolved into an ecosystem of innovation around Z-Ray and Zend Server with the unveiling of Zend Gallery. Z-Ray has provided unrivaled visibility into application performance, and the new Zend Gallery will allow unlimited extensibility and innovation that will continue to drive increased value to the entire PHP application lifecycle.
The new Zend Gallery aggregates and organizes all Z-Ray extensions and Zend Server plugins in an easy-to-use gallery interface. Developers can now access the growing ecosystem of Z-Ray extensions for frameworks, applications, databases or technologies, as well as new Zend Server plugins, simply and easily from a single interface.
New extensions allow PHP developers to create plugins to extend Zend Server with additional custom features. Z-Ray, the ultimate PHP productivity solution, is integrated with Zend Server to enable in-depth insight into application code and performance. Today’s release includes new plugins for Joomla, Doctrine2, Redis, OPcache, MariaDB, and LoS Modules. Also included are enhanced plugins for WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Zend Framework, Apigility, Laravel and Symfony.
“As a Joomla community member and Z-Ray for Joomla extension developer, I welcome Zend’s new plugins gallery,” said Jisse Reitsma, founder and lead developer of Yireo. “Our new extension to the new gallery will make it a lot easier for developers to create high performing Joomla apps, and I expect many other apps and frameworks to follow suit.”
Job Queue feature now includes full support for new multiple queues management. Different queues can now be defined and prioritized to separate different logical groupings of jobs, such as different apps or even different parts within apps. The management UI has also been improved to help better track execution of jobs, their status, execution time, and output. Unlike cron jobs, Job Queue allows for programmatic, on-the-fly asynchronous execution and advanced management of deferred jobs – including priority-based execution and dependencies.
New Live Support functionality makes it easier to troubleshoot problems with live end-users in real time, addressing issues that are not otherwise visible or reproducible. A specific user’s session can be Z-Ray enabled, tracked and analyzed without exposing any sensitive information.
Zend Server 8.5 also includes many new enhancements designed to increase productivity and user experience including:
- Redesigned UI for a superior user experience
- App and framework specific built-in routing support
- Enhanced Xdebug support
- Notifications about the environment displayed directly in Z-Ray
- Improved performance and lower memory consumption
- Increased granularity control of the data collected by Z-Ray
- New plugins display with multiple panels now consolidated under one top-level panel
- New capability to perform server-side actions from Z-Ray