Microsoft is equipping its Azure cloud service with a tool to debug PHP-based Web applications that are running on the platform. The service “offers in-depth insight into how an application is performing,” said Andi Gutmans, who is the CEO of Zend Technologies and one of the original developers of PHP. Zend is supplying the debugging tool, called Z-Ray. The software “exposes a huge amount of information to the developer through the Web browser,” he said.
PHP is one of the most widely used languages for building Web applications and dynamic Web sites. Microsoft has long supported PHP on its Azure platform, offering a PHP runtime environment and a selection of PHP aids such as a software development kit and a lightweight integrated development environment called WebMatrix.