Adobe and Zend Technologies have announced Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP software as a newly integrated product designed to give PHP developers an Adobe-influenced take on building rich Internet applications (RIAs). This Flash-driven integrated development environment (IDE) attempts to combine the capabilities of Flash Builder and Zend Studio for programmers creating cross-platform Flex and PHP. The companies are hoping to play their ace card here in what is described as a 'single code base' for developers to build applications for Android, Blackberry Tablet OS, and iOS -- while at the same time also sharing code from web applications to speed up app creation and maintenance.
In terms of pure product definition, Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP is an Eclipse-based tool that encompasses PHP, ActionScript, and the open source Flex Framework. The company says that Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP includes an integrated copy of Zend Studio 8; this should theoretically enable developers to code and debug within a single environment.
"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. 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 iOS," said Ed Rowe, vice president of development tooling, Adobe Systems.
New Features in Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP Integrated with Zend Studio 8
- 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 to 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 steps.
- 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 standalone or as part of Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium), and the Flex 4.5 framework, the company says that developers can develop and deploy mobile applications for what is estimated to be to more than 200 million Android, BlackBerry PlayBook, and iOS devices by the end of 2011.