Adobe PHP SDK Takes An Update

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After releasing the unofficial Adobe software development kit for PHP this week, Adobe’s Mike Potter noted that a few tweaks were needed with the SDK.

The PHP SDK emerged earlier in the week, when Potter announced the new project.

He noted the project would be intended to “enable PHP developers to build solutions with Adobe RIA technologies quickly.”

“The (unofficial) Adobe PHP SDK contains samples and libraries that show how to connect to a PHP backend system with either the Adobe Spry Framework (for Ajax applications) or Adobe Flex (for Flash based applications),” he wrote.

All good projects have a bug or two that emerges post-release, and the PHP SDK proved no exception to the rule.

Potter said in a follow-up post that he had made some changes to it after its debut:

Turns out a few files were missing from the .zip file, and some files were misnamed. I’ve fixed these problems and also added in a new, more simple sample to show how Flex can retrieve XML data from a PHP backend, without requiring the use of a MySQL database. Finally, I’ve also removed the .svn files from the .zip file, reducing its size to only 1.5 MB.

A New BSD License has been assigned to the project, which will be of interest to those developers who wish to use it in their work.

That makes it a little friendlier to corporate developers, as BSD terms differ from the GPL when it comes to requiring disclosure of source code for projects that use a BSD-licensed project.

On another topic, Potter also commented on Digg that Adobe does not plan to cede the online form business to Microsoft or anyone else:

I think the real future for forms will be great looking Flex forms, which will then be transformed to a PDF backend when the user needs to go offline, or work in a collaborative environment. We have some cool samples coming up that show this functionality.

Adobe unveiled Flex 2 in June, along with the release of Flash 9.

Ben Watson of Adobe characterized a Flex 2 strength as one that would preserve a SOA backend while enabling Flex developers to build a clean client-side app in Flash.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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