Zeev Suraski, Andi Gutmans, Doron Gerstel

Zend Technologies Ltd.

Powering Your Business with PHP
43 minutes, 19.9mb, recorded 2005-10-19
Zeev Suraski, Andi Gutmans, Doren Gerstel

PHP, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2005, has surpassed ASP to become the most popular Web scripting language. Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski, key contributors to PHP, are two of the founders of Zend Technologies, which provides PHP-focused products and services.

This opening session from the 2005 Zend/PHP Conference, held in Burlingame, California, details the growth of PHP in business, including pre-taped remarks from Adam Trachtenberg of eBay; David Nielsen of PayPal; Michael Radwin of Yahoo!, Rich Morrow and Mike Ho from the NASA OPIS project, Mark Rankin of ADP, Johann Schleier-Smith of Tagged.com.

Then Doron Gerstel, CEO of Zend, speaks about the impact of PHP, the Web and open source on business in general, with more pre-taped remarks from Rod Smith and David Boloker of IBM, Martin Mickos of MySQL, Monica Kumar of Oracle, Ryan Rosenberg of FileMaker and Mark Coggins of Actuate.


Zeev Suraski, co-founder and chief technology officer of Zend Technologies, Ltd., is the co-architect of PHP, having written a new language implementation from scratch that was officially released as PHP 3.0. The PHP 3.0 release quickly made PHP's popularity boon and attracted the masses to develop in the language through its powerful extensibility features. Suraski and Andi Gutmans then went on to develop the Zend Engine I, the scripting language that powers PHP 4.0 that further revolutionized the performance and reliability of PHP. Over 15 million websites are using PHP today, and PHP has recently been touted by NetCraft as the most popular scripting language available today. Suraski and Gutmans have also designed and implemented the Zend PHP 4.0 components and have recently been driving the design and implementation of the Zend Engine II, which powers PHP 5. Suraski is a graduate of the Technion--Israel Institute of Technology.

Andi Gutmans, co-founder and vice president of technology at Zend Technologies, Ltd., leads the PHP Collaboration Project and Zend product strategy, working together with both partners and the community, to build the market’s leading Web development platform. Gutmans has been a leading contributor to PHP since 1997. Recently, he spearheaded the object-oriented improvements for PHP 5. He is a member of the PHP Group, the Apache Software Foundation, and on the board of the Eclipse Foundation. Additionally, he brings a rich background in enterprise software development including real-time avionics simulation software and n-tier J2EE applications. Gutmans holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Doren Gerstel, co-founder, president and CEO of Zend Technologies, Ltd., co-founded Zend in 2000 to commercialize the solutions needed to make the PHP scripting language viable in enterprise environments. He brings a strong high-technology management background, including expertise in mergers and acquisitions, sales, business development and information technology, and has served in a variety of senior management roles at leading companies including vice president of operations of ESC Medical Systems (Nasdaq: ESCM). He held a number of senior management positions at Fibronics (acquired by Elbit) and at U.S. Healthcare, Inc. Gerstel serves on the advisory board of Fritz, Inc. (acquired by UPS), the third largest logistics provider in the U.S. Gerstel holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Information Systems from the Technion, and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

This free podcast is from our Zend-PHP Conference series.

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