Zend looks to optimize PHP for mobile devices and the cloud

Zend Framework and the Zend Studio IDE are getting improvements, with an emphasis on mobile access to apps and cloud portability

By , InfoWorld |  On-demand Software, PHP, zend

Zend also will announce its cloud computing strategy, which adds to existing cloud capabilities.

"We want to deliver a scalable, manageable, and highly available system architecture, out of the box," said Gutmans. The company in the next year plans to map out cloud capabilities for full application lifecycle integration, staging and production, scalable deployment, and deeper integration with cloud management and infrastructure providers. Cloud capabilities will be featured in Zend Framework, the Zend Server application server, and Zend Studio.

Zend is making its announcements at the ZendCon 2010 conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Also at the conference, Zend will announce general availability of Zend Studio 8.0. "It's the leading PHP IDE in the industry," Gutmans said.

Zend Studio is based around the Eclipse PHP Development Tools project, providing proprietary value-added capabilities, such as refactoring, profiling, and remote file system capabilities.

New to version 8 is integration with VMware Workstation software for desktop virtualization for Windows and Linux. This makes it easier to deploy PHP applications to Linux, Gutmans said. Developers get emulation of their production environment. Also featured is better AJAX support, with capabilities for code assist, debugging, Web request profiling and support for AJAX toolkits, such as jQuery and Dojo. Zend with Zend Studio 8.0 is reducing the price of the product from $399 to $299.

PHP, Gutmans said, continues to gain momentum in Web application deployments. "It was built for the Web," he said.

Java, meanwhile, is too complicated, Gutmans argued. "Enterprise Java is really not gaining a lot of new workloads when it comes to the Web," GUtmans said. "It was really not designed with the Web in mind."

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