After selling tens of thousands of units of the initial version of Delphi for PHP, first released in February of 2007, in early March, CodeGear announced the availability of version 2.0.
PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) of course, is one of the most prevalent languages used in creating dynamic web content these days. Although I'm not (yet) a PHP developer, myself, I've been very impressed by PHP-driven web applications, particularly some of the nicer message boards.
What I am, however, is a rabid fan of Delphi's fabulous IDE, which, of course, is one of the things that Delphi for PHP brings to the party.
The other major attractions of Delphi for PHP are a rich visual component library (enhanced VCL in v2), and, in version 2.0, database support is extended to Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Informix and Sybase.
Productivity and performance enhancements include new error insight, source code formatting, expanded code insights, and code folding.
According to CodeGear, Delphi for PHP allows developers to work much like Microsoft .NET platform developers; in a highly productive environment, and with a rich language and libraries.
While .NET is rather firmly established in the Windows-hosted Web 2.0 world, the same cannot be said for .NET on non-Windows platforms, like Linux. There, PHP is already well established, making it an interesting alternative.
Through June, 2008, Delphi for PHP v2.0 is specially priced at $249. Thereafter it goes to $299. Upgrades from v1 are $179.