Brian Swan

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    This Week’s Link List (April 30, 2010)

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    No particular theme to this week’s links… In his blog post "The Last Mile for Open Data", Nik Garkusha writes "Whether through the momentum created by open data communities, activists, municipalities, or developer communities, help from industry...
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    Getting Started with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

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    The Interoperability team here at Microsoft recently released the SSRS SDK for PHP (SSRS = SQL Server Reporting Services ). At the time of the announcement, I was very excited to check out this SDK, but I was so busy that I’ve just recently had a chance...
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    Design Decisions in the PDO Driver for SQL Server

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    I’ve recently talked with the SQL Server Driver for PHP team about some of the harder design decisions they have had to make while building the PDO interface for the sqlsrv driver . Some of these challenging decisions stemmed from the fact that the team...
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    What was Microsoft Doing at DrupalCon?

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    Whew! DrupalCon was fun…and exhausting. I don’t know why, but I’m always surprised that conferences can be simultaneously exhausting and energizing. Right now, it feels good to be back home, and I’m enjoying looking back on my experience with the perspective...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 23, 2010)

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    I’m back from an exciting trip to DrupalCon in SF and I’m still reflecting on that experience. Look for a DrupalCon summary from me early next week. In the meantime, I’ll share some of my interesting links for the week. Of course, several of these are...
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    PDO Cheat Sheet for SQL Server Driver for PHP

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    I know, I know…part of the point in having a common data abstraction layer like PDO is that you only have to know one API for accessing any database…so who needs a cheat sheet? Well, I do. With this weeks release of the SQL Server Driver...
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    Comparing the SQLSRV and PDO APIs

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    Following yesterday’s announcement of the availability of a PDO driver for SQL Server ( SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 CTP 1 ), I thought I’d take a closer look at the PDO interface. For me, the best way to get to know a new API is to write...
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    PDO Support for SQL Server!

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    Add SQL Server to the list of databases with PDO support! Today, the SQL Server Driver for PHP team released the SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 CTP *, which includes support for PHP Data Objects (PDO). The announcement of the release came during the opening...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 16, 2010)

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    A longer list than usual this week. There was lots of news/buzz this week around Windows Azure and PHP. The first three links below are follow-ups by attendees of the recent JumpIn Camp in Zurich (which focused on PHP and Azure). The other links provide...
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    Preparing for DrupalCon 2010

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    If it seems that my blog has been on the quiet side the last couple of weeks, it’s because I’ve been devoting quite a bit of time to preparing for DrupalCon 2010 . I will be there for the main conference (April 19 – April 21), and I will hopefully make...
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    Working Down the Stack: Enabling ODBC Tracing with the SQL Server Driver for PHP

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    A couple of weeks ago I ran into some problems when figuring out how to do backups and restores with the SQL Server Driver for PHP . The problem itself* isn’t the point of this post, but how the problem took me further down the stack is. The short story...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 9, 2010)

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    I haven’t been writing as much this week as in past weeks, but I HAVE been paying attention. :-) Here’s my favorite links of the week… · I think this is my favorite link of the week…the Interoperability Lab at Microsoft has announced the availability...
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    BACKUP and RESTORE A Database with the SQL Server Driver for PHP

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    In this post I’ll look at how to use the SQL Server Driver for PHP to backup and restore a database. It is important to understand that there are many ways to backup and restore a database. The strategy you choose really depends on your application and...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 2, 2010)

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    OK…here’s a list of links that grabbed my attention this week: The PHP on Windows Training Kit (which contains LOTS of great demos for almost anything that is PHP on Windows) has been updated so it can be installed on Windows 7: http://english.zachskylesowens...
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    Going to DrupalCon!

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    I found out this morning that I get to go to DrupalCon SF ! This will be my first Drupal conference...and I'm wondering about a few things: Are you going? I'd like to meet folks...especially if it's over a beer. :-) Is there an inside scoop on...
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