Zend Studio 10 incorporates PhoneGap and JQuery to help rapidly create PHP-based mobile apps.

At ZendCon, Zend’s developer conference in Santa Clara today, Zend CEO Andi Gutmans unveiled three new products that aim to extend the reach of the PHP scripting language beyond the web, bring it to mobile devices and the cloud. Zend, which has announced a series of partnerships with cloud and platform-as-a-service providers over the past year, is now hoping to take advantage of the demand for rapid mobile app development and cloud back-ends to make PHP an even bigger contender in the enterprise and mobile development world.

In an interview with Ars, Gutmans said that mobile is increasingly the driver for organizations’ application development efforts, “and they see cloud as being the enabler of the mobile workload.” The tools announced today are focused on rapidly building applications that integrate cloud-based services using PHP and the Zend Framework, rapidly deploying the services required by those applications to the cloud, and giving developers and IT operations staff the ability to monitor and manage those applications across multiple cloud instances once they’re deployed.

The first of these tools is Zend Studio 10, the latest version of Zend’s integrated development environment for PHP. Zend Studio 10 incorporates the mobile development capabilities of PhoneGap (drawn under Apache license from the Cordova project) and JQuery to turn the IDE into a drag-and-drop mobile application creation tool.

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