Latest Zend Studio Release Features Z-Ray Live! and Apigility

At ZendCon 2014 on Wednesday, Zend introduced the newest version of Zend Studio, which is designed to optimize mobile application development and boost developer productivity when it comes to API-connected Web and mobile applications. Zend Studio 12 features Z-Ray Live!, Apigility and a complete sample mobile application with source code that developers can use as a starting point for their own projects. On Tuesday, Zend unveiled Zend Server 8, featuring expanded mobile and API Web services support.

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The newest version of Zend Studio features a new Dark UI theme, multicursor and split editor capabilities. Image credit: Zend.

Zend Studio 12 includes a complete, working example of a mobile application with source code. The example application uses Zend Framework and Apigility as a foundation, as well as the Zend Server WebAPI for performance and other functions. Apigility is an open source API builder Zend developed, and recent versions underscore API-first application design. Michel Gerin, Zend's development tools general manager, states in a press release:

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. 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.

Key features in Zend Studio 12 include the following:

  • Enhanced support for Z-Ray and Z-Ray Live! integration
  • Cordova, Ionic and AngularJS integration
  • Increased user interface experience that includes a Dark theme, multicursor, split editor capabilities
  • Enhanced support for Amazon Web Services to ease deployment of applications on Zend Server and the Zend product stack
  • XMLService Toolkit built-in library for IBM i developers, which expands PHP code to access IBM i resources
  • PHP 5.6 support

Zend Studio 12 will be generally available soon; however, developers can download and try out the early-access Zend Studio 12 beta version today.

Janet Wagner is a freelance technical writer and contributor to ProgrammableWeb covering breaking news, in-depth analysis, and product reviews. She specializes in creating well-researched, in-depth content about APIs, machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, analytics, GIS/maps, and other advanced technologies.

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