Zend Core for Oracle 2.0 Released

Zend have just released a new version of Zend Core for Oracle. This is a prebuilt and tested stack of Apache, PHP and Oracle Instant Client. If you haven't used it before, you will like the easy setup. I promise.

Try this with an existing Oracle database install, or download and install Oracle Database XE, our free database.

Zend Core for Oracle is also supported with Oracle Enterprise Linux.

Zend Core for Oracle release 2.0 includes PHP 5.2.1, the refactored OCI8 driver, Oracle Instant Client, and an optional Apache HTTP Server 2.2.2.

Zend Core for Oracle is supported by Zend on the following operating systems: 

* Oracle Enterprise Linux 
* X86 running SLES9 or RHEL3 or RHEL4 
* X86 running Windows XP/2003/Vista 
* X86-64 running Windows Vista in 32bit mode 
* X86-64 running SLES9 or RHEL3 or RHEL4 
* pSeries running AIX 5.2 or 5.3 
* Sun Solaris Sparc 8, 9 10

The web servers that are supported are: 

* Apache 1.3.x (except on Windows Vista), Apache 2.x 
* Oracle HTTP Server 10.1.2.0.0 (on Linux and Windows x86) 
* Microsoft IIS 5, 6, 7

Zend Core for Oracle is supported (by Zend) against Oracle Database 10g and 9i. That means that you can have a fully supported stack of database, web server and PHP.

If you aren't sure how to use it, or want more information on install, configuration, and use, go and have a read of the Underground PHP and Oracle Manual. Yet another handy resource for all things PHP and Oracle. And another shameless plug from me.

Don't forget there are lots of articles, FAQs, downloads and links at the OTN PHP Developer Center.

Comments:

why zend core for oracle come without PDO and the PDO-oracle driver ?

Posted by sak on June 13, 2007 at 03:00 AM DDUT #

sorry, a clarification: I know that pdo_oci is experimental (i think is stable enough by now, but that's my opinion), but having something experimental is a lot better that not have anything at all... and I deeply refused to use the oci_* functions...

Posted by sak on June 13, 2007 at 03:05 AM DDUT #

It wasn't included with Zend Core for Oracle 2.0 as it is marked experimental. This may change with the next release as we've been talking to Zend about including it. Any reason you dislike the OCI8 extension so much? I'd love to hear why so if possible we can make it better for you.

Posted by Alison Holloway on June 13, 2007 at 12:55 PM DDUT #

Is there any talk of supporting TAF or FAN within the oci8 pecl extension? Seems it would be a pretty big selling point as PHP apps start outgrowing single Oracle instances. If not, are there any documents detailing how to take full advantage of RAC with applications that don't support TAF or FAN?

Posted by Daniel Smith on September 20, 2007 at 04:25 AM DDUT #

Alison, I'm trying to extend the Solar Framework to include Oracle support and by default Oracle's generic adapter is using the PDO functionality as it makes it all common for the core functions. Since I'd rather not have to go and rewrite all the core functionality to use the OCI8 stuff I'd really like to see PDO_OCI included in Zend Core for Oracle. I can't get it to turn on even after grabbing the latest PDO_OCI extensions from zend and manually dropping them in the Zend Core extensions directory. So, is there plans for PDO_OCI to be compatible with Zend Core? Anybody I could talk to about it? Feel free to drop me an email if you want.

Posted by James Kilbride on February 15, 2008 at 06:57 AM DDUT #

Zend Core for Oracle 2.5, the latest release, does include the PDO_OCI driver, and it's installed and available by default. Are you using the latest version of Zend Core for Oracle? Alison

Posted by Alison Holloway on February 18, 2008 at 03:36 PM DDUT #

We've been using the Zend Core for Oracle V1.5 product with Oracle Application Server 10g R1 (9.0.4) on the IBM AIX platform. As of V2.5 Zend is no longer supporting Zend Core for Oracle on the AIX platform. I am now scrambling to figure out how we can continue to use PHP with Oracle Application Server on AIX. I see in OAS 10g R2 and forward, oracle has bundled in some version of php (4.3?) as an Apace mod. Any idea what the long term Oracle strategy is here? Will the mod_php offering persist into future releases of OAS? Why would Oracle offer mod_php at the same time as partnering with Zend? Especially at different levels of PHP? It seems to be a confusing product strategy.

Posted by David Reddy on July 08, 2008 at 10:19 PM DDUT #

Alison, I think it's a very nice setup to be proud of! "Why would Oracle offer mod_php at the same time as partnering with Zend? Especially at different levels of PHP? It seems to be a confusing product strategy." That is quite an interesting and confusing setup at the same time. does anyone know the answer? - Julie, Free Credit Report Consultant

Posted by juliestevenson23 on March 29, 2009 at 05:24 PM DDUT #

hello Allison i need your help,i downloaded the oracle vm on my window vista operating system, After the installation i couldnt access my window page again. please am i missing something or i have i eraze my operating system? thank you in advance. larry

Posted by larry on April 27, 2009 at 09:00 PM DDUT #

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