Zend Teams With Adobe to Marry PHP and Flex

By Josh Catone

Adobe and Zend announced a partnership today to more closely integrate Zend’s PHP framework with Adobe’s Flex. The goal is to make it easier for developers to create enterprise-ready rich Internet applications by leveraging Zend’s PHP technologies on the server side, and Adobe Flex on the client end.

The first integration point between the two companies will be the delivery of an Action Messaging Format component for the Zend framework. AMF is a messaging protocol that allows Flash and Flex based client applications to exchange data and rich media with servers. Adobe published the binary data protocol specification for AMF last December and vowed at the time to make the protocol available on all server platforms.

Adobe initially proposed an AMF component for the Zend Framework in July, but is now formally announcing a relationship with Zend to make it happen.

In addition, the companies plan to more closely integrate their respective development environments, the Zend Studio and Flex Builder, both of which are based on the open source Eclipse platform.

Note: To learn more about developing with Flex and PHP, be sure to check out the SitePoint tutorial series “Build A Web 2.0 Voting Widget With Flex” (Part I and Part II).

  • Interesting marriage! Even thought I am not a fan of frameworks I hope this will be a great merge.

  • Darren

    The good thing about Zend Framework is that you can choose to use it more as a collection of useful libraries than a full-fledged framework – just using the pieces that you like and ignoring the rest. This makes sense when integrating with something like Flex because it’s often overkill to use an MVC pattern on both the Flex side and PHP side.

  • Frank

    About time, I’ve played around with Flex a bit and my main issue with it is that it natively integrates with Cold Fusion but makes you jump though all kinds of hoops to communicate with PHP/MYSQL……….

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