November 02, 2010, 4:00 PM — PHP development tools maker Zend Technologies will make mobile access to applications a critical part of its product strategy on Tuesday, along with emphasizing cloud computing.
Improvements will be detailed involving upgrades to the company's Zend Framework, which is an open source framework for development, and the Zend Studio IDE. PHP is a dynamic scripting language for server-side Web application development.
With Zend Framework 1.11, Zend will help developers optimize Web applications for mobile devices. "I think mobile is more important than cloud," Zend CEO Andi Gutmans said. Customers are making mobile access their top priority, he said.
"We're going to allow you from the server side to detect what mobile device is accessing your website. We will map that to capabilities that the device has," such as determinations on screen size, Gutmans said.
Available Tuesday, Zend Framework 1.11 will support a variety of mobile devices and platforms via Web access, including Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, and most likely Windows Phone 7 when it comes out, said Gutmans. For the Apple iPhone, which is geared to native applications, access will be granted via Web services. Among the application types that will benefit from mobile access include field service, e-commerce, and content-based applications, Gutmans said.
Version 1.11 also will support Simple Cloud API, which is intended to enable portability of applications across different cloud platforms. "What we're doing is we're actually creating [something] like a JDBC for the cloud," said Gutmans, recalling the Java-based database access API.
Zend will be the first to support Simple Cloud API, Gutmans said. Simple Cloud API initially works with PHP although it can be extended to other languages. Other vendors supporting it have included Microsoft, IBM, and RackSpace.