Think this month announced that its Lampshade Free Edition PHP framework is now available in an open-source format from its web site at:

http://www.thinkcomputer.com/software/lampshade/free.html

Lampshade is a PHP framework built for the Linux / Apache / PHP / MySQL (LAMP) environment that offers web site developers with a simple method for creating web-based applications.

Think has seen mounting interest in recent months from developers looking to take advantage of Lampshade's features, such as user administration, automatic form error-checking, and e-commerce integration. Lampshade also acts as an application server for companies looking to run more than one web-based software program at once.

The company will still charge fees for commercial use of the product as listed on its web site. For more information about licensing, contact Think Sales at 1-888-815-8599.