Adobe and Zend Announce Collaboration

Today Adobe and Zend entered into a collaboration to bring together the flexibility, productivity and enterprise reliability of PHP and Zend Platform with the user experience benefits of the open source Flex framework. This collaboration will deliver technologies, content and services to make it easy for enterprise developers to build web applications using Flex on the client and PHP on the server. (Read the official press release.)

Adobe has joined the Zend Framework project and will work with the framework community to optimize communication between Zend Framework and Adobe Flex applications. Adobe has contributed support for the open, binary AMF format for exchanging data between Flex applications and PHP applications to the Zend Framework.

In addition, Zend and Adobe plan to optimize the experience for developers using their respective development environments. Zend Studio and AdobeĀ® Flex Builder, both built on the open source Eclipse platform, provide robust coding, debugging, and testing tools for professional developers.

As part of this announcement, Adobe has also redesigned the PHP page of the Flex developer center, and will be contributing articles and videos to that page, as well as the Flex page on Zend Developer Zone.

If you’re interested in running Zend Studio with Flex Builder in the same version of Eclipse, we recommend using the standalone version of Zend Studio and the plugin version of Flex Builder. Install Zend Studio first, then install the Eclipse plugin of Flex Builder.

The latest version of Zend Studio (6.1) is built on Eclipse 3.4, so installing the Eclipse plugin of Flex Builder doesn’t work perfectly. When you install Flex Builder, you’ll receive an error – don’t worry, that’s OK. Just follow the instructions to get Flex Builder working properly – launch Zend Studio, then go to Help -> Software Updates -> Manage Configuration, select “Add an extension location” in the right hand pane. In the browse dialog, select the Flex Builder plugin folder, and everything should work fine.

We’re really excited to be working with Zend and being part of the Zend Framework. Most of all, we can’t wait to see all the great applications that developers build with PHP and Flex.