Zend Studio 12 Optimizes Mobile Application Development, Enables Developers to Produce Quality Code More Efficiently

Latest Version of Zend Studio Taps Into New Mobile Platforms Plus Z-Ray Live!, Offers PHP 5.6 Support, Leverages Eclipse 4 Functionalities

ZendCon 2014, Santa Clara, Calif. --- October 29, 2014 – Zend, the PHP Company, today unveiled its newest feature-rich version of Zend Studio, the award-winning integrated development environment (IDE). Zend Studio 12 delivers on developers’ need for a modern IDE, an essential prerequisite to elevated performance and quality code. The latest version raises the Zend Studio mobile support bar by including support for Cordova and Ionic. It also raises the debugging capabilities of an IDE to levels unseen before by leveraging Zend Z-Ray and Z-Ray Live!, for unmatched real-time, and in-context visibility inside the applications' code and performance. This new version also includes support for PHP 5.6, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the leading Eclipse 4 Luna development platform. These newest features empower developers to more easily create quality mobile and cloud-based applications, boosting developer productivity and application performance in the process.

“Developers know that to mobilize is to innovate. They also know that building an API-connected mobile app requires a full stack of components, platforms and servers talking with each other while developers work on the front-end business logic,” said Michel Gerin, Zend Development Tools General Manager. “This latest version of Zend Studio injects real-time visibility and added cloud and platform support, empowering even more developers to create innovative, forward-looking mobile applications.”

Zend Studio simplifies mobile application development, allowing developers to create mobile applications on top of existing PHP applications and server back-ends. This latest version of Zend Studio manages the “behind the scenes” development communication process:  The IDE communicates with all layers of the stack while a server platform enables collaboration, reporting and debugging, all while a strong framework facilitates a RESTful server-based API.

Zend Studio 12 uniquely offers developers a fully working and customizable sample mobile application with source code. The application uses Zend Framework and Apigility, an open-source API builder, as a foundation. Meanwhile, the mobile app uses Zend Server WebAPI for full reportability, performance and stability. Developers can build upon the sample mobile app as a start for their own projects.

Key features and benefits of Zend Studio 12 include:

  • Integration with Cordova and Ionic to create and emulate mobile apps directly from within the IDE
  • Enhanced Z-Ray support plus Z-Ray Live! integration for unmatched real-time visibility inside the app performance during the application development process
  • High productivity tools such as Bower integration to manage packages effectively plus increased UI experience with Dark theme, multi-cursor, split editor capabilities
  • Enhanced AWS support for easy deployment of applications on Zend Server and the Zend product stack
  • Fully working and customizable sample mobile application with source code
  • Support for PHP 5.6
  • Access to Eclipse 4 Luna development platform functionalities (TCF Terminal for command line, many EGit enhancements, improved HTML5 support)
  • XMLService Toolkit built-in library for IBM i developers, extending PHP code to access IBM i resources

Zend Studio 12 Beta is available today for free download through the Early Access Program at: http://www.zend.com/en/products/studio/studio-early-access

Zend Studio 12 pricing is $189 for commercial use new users, and $139 for upgrade renewals, $89 for personal use new users and $29 for students. Free of charge to teachers, classrooms, and open source project developers.

About Zend Technologies

Zend partners with businesses to rapidly deliver modern apps across mobile and cloud. Zend helped establish the PHP language, which today powers over 200 million applications and web sites. The company uniquely delivers a one-stop shop solution for developing, deploying and managing business-critical PHP applications. Zend continuous delivery is based on agile development, code protection, release automation, server management, consulting, training, and PHP certification. Zend solutions are deployed at more than 40,000 companies, including BNP Paribas, Best Buy, GE, Prada and other leading brands worldwide. Learn more at www.zend.com.

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