Zend Optimizes PHP for Mobile in New Server, Studio Releases

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-02-13 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Zend Studio 10 streamlines the process of creating, testing and deploying PHP applications, with a particular focus on mobile apps with a PHP back-end. Developers can prototype, create and debug both client-side mobile apps and server-side PHP APIs from a single interface.

"Zend Studio 10's latest features are tailored for today's mobile-first environment," said Zeev Suraski, CTO and co-founder of Zend, in a statement. "When we came to design Studio 10, our challenge was bringing the extreme simplicity that has made PHP so successful into the creation of mobile apps, and I'm extremely proud with the results of our work. 

"With Zend Studio 10, back-end, front-end and mobile systems are all accessible in an integrated, visual environment that is simple yet powerful.  … Combined with Zend Framework 2 and Zend Server 6, Zend Studio 10 offers the industry-leading platform for creating cloud-connected mobile applications," he said.

Zend Studio 10 enables developers to develop and maintain their PHP code faster, solve application problems more quickly, take advantage of the cloud and improve team collaboration. Productivity is further enhanced through the streamlining of common workflows and by removing steps from the development process.

The new release features faster debugging, integrated PHP and JavaScript debugging, profiling, code inspection and quick fix, test generation and reporting. Zend Studio 10 and Zend Server 6 provide an integrated debug mode, in which Zend Server  6 will automatically trigger a debugger session in Zend Studio 10 on any incoming request, whether from a mobile emulator or real device.

Zend Studio also simplifies the creation of mobile applications with server back-ends so that even developers with no prior experience can use it. Also, rather than coding native apps for each mobile platform, whether iOS, Android or Windows Phone, developers can create apps powered by Apache Cordova, also known as PhoneGap, that run across multiple mobile devices. Cordova is an open-source mobile development framework that enables programmers to build applications for mobile devices using JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3, instead of device-specific languages such as Objective-C.

In addition, a drag-and-drop visual editor enables rapid creation of RPC-style or RESTful services without having to write any connectivity code, allowing the developer to focus on the business logic. Client-server plumbing, including routing, authentication, validation and filtering, request parameter binding, dispatching and rendering JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) response, are handled by Zend Server Gateway.

The Web Mobile emulator enables testing of applications, even before generating native packages. And integration with platform-specific integrated development environments (IDEs) such as xCode and Visual Studio, and tools such as Android Development Tools enable developers to test applications on an emulator or deploy them to a real Android or Windows Phone device directly from Zend Studio. Also, Zend Studio 10 enables a simple workflow to create iOS, Android and Windows Phone mobile applications that can be published on their respective application stores, for maximum user reach and easy consumption.

In addition, Zend Studio 10 enables developers to create a Zend Framework 2 application with the proper structure, files and directories, out of the box and ready to use, Zend officials said.

"We're excited at how much momentum we've seen with Zend Framework 2, and how much it has already helped developers," Matthew Weier O'Phinney, Zend Framework project leader, said in a statement. "It is great to see features being built into Zend Studio that are designed to help ZF 2 users."

Moreover, developers can easily publish mobile apps to the cloud using Zend Server, the leading PHP Web application server, to ensure that code is deployed correctly and consistently. Zend Studio also helps developers take full advantage of the Zend Developer Cloud, an instantly available, consistent PHP environment for superior debugging, solid productivity and team collaboration.

Zend Studio 10 is also integrated with Red Hat OpenShift. Developers can easily deploy their PHP applications to Zend Server on premise or in the cloud, including deploying an app directly to Zend Server for Red Hat OpenShift.

"With OpenShift, Red Hat's platform as a service (PaaS), and Zend Studio 10, developers can spend more time coding and less time setting up servers and configuring software on the cloud," said Jimmy Guerrero, director of product marketing for OpenShift at Red Hat. "Zend Studio enables developers to seamlessly develop and deploy their code in OpenShift, then easily plug in additional software cartridges like MongoDB, MySQL and PostgreSQL to work with their apps. It's a plug-and-play solution with incredible benefits built in."

Zend Studio 10 is available for download at www.zend.com/studio, as a free trial, and can be purchased directly through the Zend online store. For a limited time only, as an introductory promotion, Zend Studio is available at 50 percent off its price of $299 and is going for $149.

Zend is also offering a special upgrade price of $129 to existing Studio 9 customers. Along with the introductory price, Zend Studio now includes free upgrades and support for 12 months.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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