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Zend Framework (ZF) is an open source, object-oriented web application framework implemented in PHP 5 and licensed under the New BSD License.


Zend Framework features include:
All components are fully object-oriented PHP 5 and are E_STRICT compliant.
Use-at-will architecture with loosely coupled components and minimal interdependencies.
Extensible MVC implementation supporting layouts and PHP-based templates by default.
Support for multiple database systems and vendors, including MariaDB, MySQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and Informix Dynamic Server.
Email composition and delivery, retrieval via mbox, Maildir, POP3 and IMAP4.
Flexible caching sub-system with support for many types of backends, such as memory or a file system.

Simple Cloud API

On September 22, 2009, Zend Technologies announced that it would be working with technology partners including Microsoft, IBM, Rackspace, Nirvanix, and GoGrid along with the Zend Framework community to develop a common API to cloud application services called the Simple Cloud API. This project is part of Zend Framework and will be hosted on the Zend Framework website, but a separate site called simplecloud.org has been launched to discuss and download the most current versions of the API

Current development

The first development release of Zend Framework 2.0 was released on August 6, 2010. Changes made in this release were the removal of require_once statements, migration to PHP 5.3 namespaces, a refactored test suite, a rewritten Zend\Session, and the addition of the new Zend\Stdlib. The second development release was on November 3, 2010.