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 keynote speech at DrupalCon 2010. In the keynote, Dries Buytaert (original creator of Drupal) noted collaboration between Microsoft and Commerce Guys that allows integrated support for SQL Server 2008 in the upcoming release of Drupal 7. More details about the PDO driver itself and the collaboration between Microsoft and Commerce Guys can be found in a post by Ashay Chaudhary (Program Manager for the driver) on the SQL Server Driver for PHP team blog: SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 CTP adds PHP's PDO style data access for SQL Server.

Personally, I’m extremely happy to see the release of this PDO driver. I have not had a hand in the development of this release, but I was on the team that produced the 1.0 and 1.1 versions of the driver. Back then, we received lots of feedback from folks indicating that a PDO driver was very important to them…so it feels good to see the team deliver on this. Of course, as with all preview releases, the team is eager to get more feedback so they can incorporate it into future releases. If you’d like to test drive this release, here are the details:

Of course, I’m also happy to take feedback to the team and answer any questions you might have - just post comments. I will also post soon with a more in-depth look at this latest release…let me know what you’d like to see!

Thanks!

-Brian

*CTP = Community Technology Preview = Microsoft-speak for “beta release”.

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