At the ZendCon PHP conference, Zend and Adobe announce plans to collaborate to help PHP developers better leverage Adobe's user experience technologies. The two companies will enable PHP developers to make better use of Adobe's Flash and Flex technology.
At the Zend PHP Conference 2008, also known as ZendCon, Zend
Technologies and Adobe Systems announced plans to collaborate to make
Zend's PHP technologies work better with Adobe's user experience
At the event being held Sept. 15-18 in Santa Clara, Calif., the two
companies said they will collaborate to make Zend's PHP tools play
nicely with Adobe's Flex technology for building RIAs (rich Internet
applications). Indeed, the two companies will deliver technologies,
content and services to make it easy for enterprise developers to build
RIAs using Flex on the client and PHP on the server.
One of the core deliverables of this collaboration is to integrate
Adobe's AMF (Action Message Format) support into Zend Framework. AMF is
an open, binary, high-speed format enabling Adobe Flash Player and
Flex-based client applications to better exchange rich media and other
data with servers, Adobe officials said.
Flex is Adobe's open-source framework for building and maintaining
Web applications that deploy across all major browsers and operating
systems using Adobe Flash Player and to the desktop via Adobe AIR,
company officials said. Zend Framework is an open-source PHP
application framework. AMF support in Zend Framework delivers optimized
communication between server-side Zend Framework components and
client-side Adobe Flex components. With the Zend/Adobe collaboration,
PHP developers will be able to leverage the fast transfer of data
between the server and client tiers of their Web applications.
Moreover, Zend and Adobe plan to optimize the experience for
developers using their respective development environments -- Zend
Studio and Adobe Flex Builder, both of which are built on the
open-source Eclipse platform. Zend and Adobe plan to identify and
implement cross-product integration points that optimize developer
workflow and reduce development time, officials from both companies
The two companies have created dedicated areas within their
respective developer portals where they will deliver a series of
articles, white papers, and online seminars educating developers on
best practices for delivering enterprise-ready solutions using PHP,
Zend Framework and Zend Platform, together with Adobe Flex, Adobe Flash
Player and Adobe AIR. Future product integration plans and technical
documentation will be made available there. For more information,
please visit Zend Developer Zone at http://devzone.zend.com/tag/Flex
and Adobe Developer Connection at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/
"Since bringing Flex to market, we've seen strong uptake among PHP
developers, and we're pleased to be collaborating with Zend and the PHP
community to deliver deeper integration and increased productivity,"
said David Wadhwani, general manager, Platform Business Unit at Adobe.
"The collaboration with Zend furthers Adobe's commitment to open
technology initiatives. Together, we will enable developers using Flex
and Zend Framework to rapidly deliver highly engaging applications to
both the browser and the desktop."
Meanwhile, user organizations welcomed the news of the Zend/Adobe collaboration.
"By moving our dealer management system from a desktop application
to a Web-based service, we are able to drastically cut the costs of
real-time data integration, while expanding our feature set and ability
to integrate third party providers," said John Coggeshall, chief
technical officer at Automotive Computer Services. "With this radical
change to a more centralized Web application for our customers,
desktop-like user experience and responsiveness is a key factor for
success. The AMF and Flex integration into Zend Framework enables us to
more cost-effectively meet these requirements by dramatically reducing
latency of service requests, giving our customers the highly responsive
application they demand and the rich user experience we expect."
Jason Forgey, senior director of Information Technology at Stream
Energy, which delivers energy commodities such as electricity
and natural gas to more than 300,000 customers throughout Texas and
Georgia, said Stream Energy built one of its new systems with PHP
middleware and an API gateway using Web services with an Adobe
Flex/Flash front-end and an Oracle database back-end, all using Zend