WSO2 Web Services Framework for PHP 2.0 Significantly Enhances Industry's Only PHP...

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WSO2 Web Services Framework for PHP 2.0 Significantly Enhances Industry's Only PHP Library for Creating Both SOAP and REST Services

     WSO2 WSF/PHP 2.0 Adds Comprehensive REST Framework, New Data
       Services, Greater Interoperability, and Expanded Security
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
WSO2, the open source SOA company, today announced the
availability of the WSO2 Web Services Framework for PHP (WSF/PHP) 2.0.
WSF/PHP is the industry's only PHP scripting language library that
enables developers to create and consume both SOAP and REST Web
services -- with the security and reliability required for an
enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA).

   WSF/PHP 2.0 adds significantly expanded REST functionality, new
Data Services, greater interoperability, and extended security. With
WSF/PHP 2.0, developers now have a comprehensive framework for
deploying PHP services that meet the strict enterprise SOA standards
implemented by corporations and governments worldwide.

   WSF/PHP 2.0 is part of the WSO2 family of Web Services Framework
(WSF) products designed to support enterprises' heterogeneous SOAs.
Other WSO2 WSF products include WSF/Ruby, WSF/Perl, WSF/Java,
WSF/JavaScript, and WSF/Spring. With the WSF family, enterprises'
diverse developer communities have the functionality they need to
create Web services in their language of choice.

   "WSO2 exists to enable heterogeneous SOAs, and WSF/PHP 2.0 is an
important part of that mission. Through WSF/PHP 2.0, enterprises can
tap an expansive community of PHP developers by giving them the first
comprehensive framework for easily creating both SOAP and REST
services," said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, CEO of WSO2. "With our new
Data Services and expanded interoperability, WSF/PHP 2.0 also provides
a critical bridge between tens of thousands of PHP Web applications
and the many enterprise data sources, applications and services
driving today's enterprises."

   WSF/PHP 2.0 Development, Interoperability and Security
Enhancements

   With full support for REST, SOAP, and WS-* specifications, WSF/PHP
lets a single service be exposed both as a SOAP-style and as a
REST-style service using a simple PHP-friendly programming model.
WSF/PHP 1.0 provided a REST API along with support for SOAP 1.1 and
1.2, WSDL 1.1 and 2.0, and SOAP Message Transmission Optimization
Mechanism (MTOM). WSF/PHP 2.0 adds a comprehensive REST framework
featuring custom Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) mapping -- making
it easy and intuitive to map a REST API into PHP when creating a Web
service.

   WSF/PHP 2.0 facilitates Web service creation for the large
majority of PHP Web applications that rely on databases. The new
WSF/PHP Data Services solution lets developers take data in LAMP(1),
WAMP(2), and other PHP-based systems and expose it as a Web service
with full WS-* support. Key features include a dbs2php converter tool,
and support for multiple database engines, nested queries, and WSDL
generation.

   Extended interoperability in WSF/PHP 2.0 makes it easier for
developers to seamlessly integrate PHP applications with those based
on other enterprise platforms. WSF/PHP 2.0 offers much stronger
support for the latest WS-* standards, as well as increased testing
against Microsoft .NET, the WSO2 WSAS, Axis2/Java, and other J2EE
implementations.

   WSF/PHP enterprise security and reliability includes the support
for WS-Security, WS-SecurityPolicy, and WS-ReliableMessaging available
with WSF/PHP 1.0. Version 2.0 of WSF/PHP adds capabilities in four
areas.

   --  Replay detection tracks whether a message is fresh or has been
        previously sent, preventing replay attacks that can lead to
        denial of service.

   --  WS-Trust for issuing, renewing, and validating security tokens
        ensures trusted relationships.

   --  WS-SecureConversation support allows a series of messages (a
        conversation) to be protected by a single session key,
        improving efficiency of the operation.

   --  Support for the Public Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) makes
        it possible for services written in WSF/PHP to handle multiple
        client x509 certificates simultaneously, further improving
        efficiency.

   Other development and performance enhancements in WSF/PHP 2.0
include:

   --  Increased WSDL support includes tools, such as wsdl2php for
        contract-first development of services and clients; the
        ability to generate WSDLs for WSF/PHP Web services scripts;
        and proven support for a range of WSDL styles, including
        support for advanced schemas such as extensions and
        restrictions.

   --  Policy-driven design provides users with a maximum level of
        control by allowing developers to configure the behavior of
        services using policies.

   --  Binary data capability gives users a choice between sending
        and receiving binary data as attachments using either MTOM or
        a SOAP message with attachment (SwA). MTOM in version 2.0 has
        been optimized through caching, enhancing performance.

   --  Expanded deployment models for WSF/PHP 2.0 include several
        platforms -- notably Linux, Windows, and Solaris -- as well as
        seamless integration with Apache and Microsoft Internet
        Information Services (IIS) Web servers.

   --  Enhanced stability to ensure high availability and
        reliability.

   Zend Core Support Featured at ZendCon

   With version 2.0, WSF/PHP has been tested and proven to run with
Zend Core, Zend's tested, certified and supported version of PHP,
which has been widely adopted by enterprises for their production PHP
environments. WSF/PHP 2.0 is being launched in conjunction with
ZendCon 2008; the Zend/PHP conference runs September 15-18, at the
Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. WSO2 will
demonstrate WSF/PHP 2.0 at the Microsoft ZendCon booth.

   "Zend and WSO2 are mutually dedicated to serving the diverse needs
of PHP developers with world-class open-source software for
implementing Web services," said Andi Gutmans, CTO and co-founder at
Zend Technologies. "By bringing support for both enterprise-oriented
WS-* and REST Web services to our managed PHP production environment,
WSO2 joins us in empowering the developers supporting more than 20
million PHP websites with unprecedented flexibility for delivering
enterprise-class Web services."

   WSF/PHP 2.0 Webinar

   WSO2 will present a free webinar, "Introducing Enterprise Web
Services with WSO2 WSF/PHP 2.0," which will review how to take
advantage of the new REST functionality and WSF/PHP Data Services
support. The webinar will run from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday,
September 23, 2008. Presenting the webinar will be Selvaratnam
Uthaiyashankar, a WSO2 software architect and lead developer of the
WSO2 Web Services Frameworks. For more information, visit:
http://wso2.com/about/news/wsf-php-sep-08-webinar/.

   Availability and Support

   The WSO2 Web Services Framework for PHP 2.0 is available for
download today. As a fully open source solution released under the
Apache License 2.0, it does not carry any software licensing or
subscription fees. WSO2 offers a range of service and support options
for WSF/PHP 2.0. These include support subscriptions, training,
consulting, custom development and development support. For
information on service and support packages, visit http://wso2.com.

   About WSO2

   WSO2 is the open source SOA company founded by pioneers in Web
services and the Apache Software Foundation Web services community.
The company delivers the only tightly integrated, entirely open source
middleware stack that is optimized for SOA. The WSO2 products address
the core components of SOAs: service creation, connection, composition
and governance. The company is backed by Intel Capital and maintains
operations in the United States, United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. For
more information, visit http://wso2.com.

   (1)LAMP: open source Web platform consisting of Linux, Apache,
MySQL, and PHP

   (2)WAMP: Web server package containing Windows, Apache, MySQL, and
PHP

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