Adobe and Zend Technologies team up to deliver integration between PHP and Adobe's Flash Builder for mobile app development across, Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS.
Bringing PHP developers closer to the
Flash Platform, Adobe Systems
and Zend Technologies
, the PHP company, announced
Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP software, a new integrated product helping PHP
developers create rich Internet applications
for mobile, Web and
Adobe officials said that for the first
time developers now have the benefit of an integrated development environment
(IDE) that combines the capabilities of Flash Builder
and Zend Studio
for rapidly creating Flex and PHP
applications. And with a single code base, developers can deliver applications
, BlackBerry Tablet OS
while sharing code from Web applications,
reducing the time and cost of application creation and maintenance.
"With the rapid growth of PHP adoption
in the enterprise, delivering superior user experiences for Web, mobile and
desktop PHP applications has become critical for today's developers," said Ed
Rowe, vice president of development tooling at Adobe, in a statement. "The
integration of Zend Studio 8 with Flash Builder 4.5 brings together leading
technologies for server-side and client-side development, enabling developers
to efficiently and cost-effectively create incredible applications across
desktops, Web and mobile platforms, including Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and
This April 11 news complements the
same-day release of Flash Builder 4.5, Flex 4.5
and the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5
demonstrating the strategic alliance between Adobe and Zend and underscoring
the companies' strong commitment to the developer and designer community.
"Building mobile applications is top of
mind for many of our enterprise customers," said Andi Gutmans, CEO at Zend.
"The long-standing partnership between Zend and Adobe continues to produce
exciting results, this time with Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP, which brings
together best-of-breed technologies for rapid and seamless development of
mobile applications based on PHP, Flash technology and Flex. With this new
solution, customers can deliver high-quality applications faster to the
Al Hilwa, an analyst with IDC, said:
"Adobe has found that the combination of Flash/Flex at the front end and PHP at
the back end is the single most popular combination outside of probably HTML
and PHP, so they teamed up with Zend and created some nifty integration between
the two Eclipse-based IDEs: Flash Builder and Zend Studio. The combination is a
bargain for folks who have to use both of these premium tools, but also
Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP is an
Eclipse-based tool for rapidly building expressive mobile, Web and desktop
applications using PHP, ActionScript
and the open-source Flex Framework.
Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP includes an integrated copy of Zend Studio 8
, enabling developers to code and
debug within a single environment, for the delivery of scalable, high-performance
and secure PHP-based mobile applications on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and
iOS. Using these newly integrated tools, developers will find it easier to
differentiate their PHP applications by providing superior user experiences,
Adobe officials said.
New features in Adobe Flash Builder 4.5
for PHP integrated with Zend Studio 8 include:
- Combined Installer: Get the
development process up and running quickly with seamless installation of the
integrated products within Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP.
- Flex and PHP Project Wizards:
Use a single UI framework; create Flex and PHP projects for desktop and mobile
devices with a streamlined, optimal workflow.
- Data Centric Development Wizard for
PHP: Connect to PHP services and generate ActionScript value objects in fewer
- Integrated Debugging: Initiate both
Flex and PHP debug sessions simultaneously, set breakpoints in
Flex/ActionScript and PHP and accelerate through both front-end and back-end
code in the same debugging session.
The launch of Creative Suite 5.5 comes
at a time when mobile devices are exploding in terms of sales and capabilities,
fundamentally changing the way content and applications are developed and
consumed. With the launch of Adobe Flash Builder 4.5-available stand-alone or
as part of Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium-and the Flex 4.5 framework,
developers can easily develop and deploy mobile applications to more than 200
million Android, BlackBerry PlayBook and iOS devices by the end of 2011, Adobe
Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP is
scheduled to ship within 30 days, with availability through both Adobe and
Zend's authorized resellers, online stores and direct sales teams. Estimated
street prices for Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP Premium and Flash Builder for PHP
Standard editions are expected to be $799 and $399, respectively. Adobe will
offer upgrade pricing from Flash Builder 3 or 4. Zend will offer upgrade
pricing from Zend Studio.