PHP is a tool for building web applications; however, mobile applications can be developed using the same tool but it is a relatively new area of discussion for the PHP developers. PHP development community is keeping a keen eye on Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 launch that is due in May this year. This new version is not an ordinary Flash Builder product rather it is the inaugural baby product of Zend and Adobe partnership, and that too, with the complete backing of Zend.

In the past, Flash Builder was purely an Adobe product but this time the combined efforts of Adobe and Zend Studio have come out with Flash Builder 4.5. It has features that make it much desired by the developers. PHP developers can develop mobile applications in an integrated environment which has the strengths of both PHP and Adobe Flash put together in one. Both of these applications are built on the Eclipse platform, which allows you to develop Flex and PHP code simultaneously.

Developing mobile applications which are near to perfection is an entirely different experience for the developers working from scratch in an integrated environment. This is only possible because it has two powerful programs bundled together into one; this makes it so great. That means you can construct apps that are easily deployable to Android devices with support for BlackBerry and iOS shipping within 60 days.

Despite the fact that the codes written in it cannot be deployable to every mobile platform, it can still be less time-consuming. The good part is that you can develop a private code in Flash Builder that can be installed separately without hindering the other three mobile platforms and the web. Adobe folks have estimated the code re-usability to go up by a good margin all across the mobile platforms, and with it the development time may shrink too.

Integrated debugging sets this program wide apart from the rest. It enables the developer to control, manage and handle debugging for all platforms; the server side PHP, device code, desktop, IDE, and that too, in the most efficient manner by nailing all the bugs in one sitting.

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