PHP Developers….THIS!

Yesterday’s opening keynote by Andi Gutmans was great. If you missed it, you can watch the recording.

After the keynote however, Kent Mitchell – Ringmaster for ZendCon 2012 – sat down with John Koetsier from VentureBeat and did a live coding demo of building a simple iOS application with a PHP based API on the back end. You can read the entire article here, “PHP developers, you MUST see this: creating a cloud-enabled native mobile app in 10 minutes or less in Zend Studio”, but here’s the good part, the video.

This is important. Don’t think of it as “OH LOOK I CAN BUILD AN APP WITH 300 BUTTONS!”, this is important because it gives PHP developers who want to leverage mobile – or those looking to transition into mobile – a platform to begin their transition. Obviously, there will be a group of developers who adopt this, find they have a passion for building mobile apps, and invest in the tools and their own skills to build native apps. There are however, a large group of developers who need to keep their feet in both worlds and this tool helps them not only do that but to be good at it.

If you haven’t done so yet, visit “Zend’s End-to-End Mobile Application Solution” to get all the details and to download and play with the tools.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs. For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.32, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP