Zend Technologies is launching the Zend PHP Framework initiative, a development environment for applications using the PHP scripting language.
Zend is also joining the open-source Eclipse Foundation to further boost PHP development.
Companies including IBM, Oracle, MySQL, and Intel will be joining Zend in its initiative. Zend wants to standardise the way PHP applications are built to help their growth.
Its involvement with Eclipse is notable, since Eclipse normally focuses on the Java language for making it easier for developers to integrate their different applications.
Zend will help to produce a PHP plug-in for Eclipse members to use when developing web services built on different types of code.
By further promoting the use of free PHP products, Zend hopes to increase the amount of money it makes from providing PHP support services.