Devzone article on Zend_Config
Vikram Vaswani has written an article on Manipulating Configuration Data with Zend_Config.
Zend_Config seemed to meet my needs, so I played with it a little and then deployed it in a couple of projects. It did everything I needed it to, and was easy to integrate with both framework and non-framework PHP projects. It also has a couple of neat features, such as the ability to merge multiple configurations together. Keep reading and I’ll give you a quick crash course in how it works.
He then provides details on how to use Zend_Config to read and write XML and INI config files with plenty of code examples and screenshots as appropriate.