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.
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.