At the IBM SOA Executive Summit, IBM announced a simple way for customers to use PHP technology to develop and execute applications in a service oriented architecture (SOA) using IBMs open source-based application server, WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Community Edition.
IBM's new PHP Integration Kit for WAS Community Edition will enable programmers to leverage the advantages of both PHP and Java, providing greater flexibility in deploying dynamic applications, building web front-ends and creating development projects within organizations. The PHP Integration Kit will be available for download later this month on alphaWorks, IBMs web resource for emerging technologies.
By making it easier to incorporate industry-standard Web 2.0 technologies such as PHP into SOA environments, customers can better align their IT systems to support specific business goals. For example, a corporate developer could use the PHP Integration Kit to create a web site for employees that dynamically updates corporate information from a variety of worldwide applications that are united by an SOA solution.
IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, based on IBM's May 2005 acquisition of Gluecode, Inc., is a lightweight J2EE application server available free of charge. Built on Apache Geronimo technology, it harnesses the latest innovations from the open-source community to deliver a flexible foundation for developing and deploying Java applications. Technical support is offered through an annual subscription.
IBM also offers additional technology that enables customers to develop and deploy PHP-based applications on selected IBM hardware.