Zend Technologies, a company that helped establish the PHP language, which today powers over 200 million applications and websites worldwide, has announced the immediate availability of Z-Ray, a PHP debugging and productivity solution for real-time visibility into PHP application and framework code.
Z-Ray’s “X-Ray vision” inside PHP requests encompasses several common applications and frameworks including WordPress, Drupal and Magento. Z-Ray, included within the developer-centric Zend Server 8, would offer high, in-context visibility inside apps, showing exactly what happens to construct each page. Z-Ray empowers developers to quickly write and deliver quality code, detect and fix issues earlier, and collaborate with operations staff to resolve production problems faster.
“Z-Ray empowers developers to create quality applications, giving them ‘application awareness’ from initial coding through final deployment,” said Zeev Suraski, CTO and co-founder, Zend Technologies. “Developers, with Z-Ray’s X-Ray-like goggles, see how their code is running as they develop it. Z-Ray’s real-time insight allows for early error detection and correction, resulting in fewer production issues and better application performance in the end.”
Key features and highlights of Z-Ray include:
- Under-the-hood debugging capabilities
- Z-Ray Live! for mobile and APIs
- Application support for WordPress, Drupal, and Magento
- Framework support for Zend Framework, Symfony and Laravel
- Additional app and framework support via Z-Ray extensibility API
- Production snapshots
Z-Ray: Debugging for Error-free, High-Performing Applications – The new Z-Ray would give developers deep insight during development, drastically improving the quality and performance of their code and applications by resolving issues long before production. Z-Ray displays all under-the-hood details and PHP requests involved in building a page. It provides critical information on page requests, performance metrics, database query insight, session data and more.
Z-Ray Live! for Mobile and APIs – For mobile app debugging, Z-Ray Live! delivers information on requests originating from native mobile clients and API calls. This allows developers to see into the server-side execution of mobile app requests.
Unique Insight into WordPress, Drupal, Magento – Z-Ray provides visibility into application specifics such as Magento Blocks, Events, Handlers, and Requests, Drupal Functions, Modules, Blocks, WordPress Cache Objects, Crons, Plugins, Zend Framework Config, Events, Modules and much more.
Z-Ray Support for PHP Frameworks – Developers can use Z-Ray to gain insight into their Zend Framework, Laravel or Symfony-based PHP applications with information on requests, response objects, events, view helpers, config and app config as well as lists of loaded modules, and more. Also, developers would be enables to easily create their own customized view in Z-Ray with the new Z-Ray Extensibility API to support any framework or application.
Production Snapshots – The new URL Insight closely examines critical URLs, identifying the slowest, poorest-performing, and most popular URLs. Full Z-Ray snapshots for these URLs provide unprecedented insight into what real-world requests coming from real users look like.
In addition to Z-Ray, Zend Server 8 would deliver a fully-integrated application platform for mobile and web applications based on a certified PHP stack. It provides real-time monitoring features, increased web server and application performance, a new “easy-to-use” interface, higher application availability, scalability and clustering.
Z-Ray is available with Zend Server 8 now on Linux x86 and x86-64, Mac OS X, Windows x86 and x86-64.
Zend solutions are deployed at more than 40,000 companies, including BNP Paribas, Best Buy, GE, Prada and other leading brands worldwide.