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  • Blog Post: Azure Real World: Managing and Monitoring Drupal Sites on Windows Azure

    A few weeks ago, I co-authored an article (with my colleague Rama Ramani ) about how the Screen Actors Guild Awards website migrated its Drupal deployment from LAMP to Windows Azure: Azure Real World: Migrating a Drupal Site from LAMP to Windows Azure . Since then, Rama and another colleague, Jason Roth...
  • Blog Post: Azure Real World: Migrating a Drupal Site from LAMP to Windows Azure

    Last month, the Interoperability team at Microsoft highlighted work done to move the Screen Actors Guild Awards Drupal website from a Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) environment to the Windows Azure platform: SAG Awards Drupal Website Moves to Windows Azure . The move was the result of collaboration between...
  • Blog Post: Starting a New Blog: Windows Azure’s Silver Lining

    If you are a regular reader of my blog, you have probably noticed I haven’t been publishing much lately. That is not to say, however, that I haven’t been writing . I have. I’ve been working with a colleague ( Larry Franks ) to start a new blog: Windows Azure’s Silver Lining ....
  • Blog Post: Interview with Ben Waine, 2011 PHP on Azure Contest Winner

    I recently had a chance to catch up via e-mail with Ben Waine , winner of the 2011 PHP on Azure contest . The announcement of his victory was actually made at the Dutch PHP Conference in May, but we’ve both been extremely busy since then, so exchanging e-mails has taken a while. I only followed...
  • Blog Post: New Version of Windows Azure SDK for PHP (v 3.0) Available

    June 7, 2012 update: The Microsoft Windows Azure team has released a new Windows Azure SDK for PHP . This release is part of an effort to keep PHP client libraries up to date with new Windows Azure features and to make PHP a first-class citizen in Windows Azure. The latest client libraries are on GitHub...
  • Blog Post: Consuming OData via JSP in Windows Azure

    A colleague recently asked me if I knew anything about consuming OData from a Java deployment in Windows Azure. My answer at the time was “no”, but with a quick pointer to http://code.google.com/p/odata4j/ I know the answer would soon change to “yes”. In this short post, I’ll...
  • Blog Post: Sorting Azure Table Entities by Timestamp with PHP

    This is a short post that describes one way to sort Windows Azure Table entities by timestamp when using the Windows Azure SDK for PHP . The problem boils down to sorting an array of objects by a timestamp property, so the information here is nothing that hasn’t been done before. However, after...
  • Blog Post: How to Use the Storage Emulator with the Windows Azure SDK for PHP

    June 7, 2012 update: The Microsoft Windows Azure team has released a new Windows Azure SDK for PHP . This release is part of an effort to keep PHP client libraries up to date with new Windows Azure features and to make PHP a first-class citizen in Windows Azure. The latest client libraries are on GitHub...
  • Blog Post: Updating PHP Settings in Windows Azure

    I came across this question on Twitter last week: “How can I turn display_errors on for an application that is running in Windows Azure?” I have to admit that I was stumped. The only thing I could think of was to re-deploy the application with an updated php.ini file. But, I happened to mention...
  • Blog Post: Java Access to SQL Azure via the JDBC Driver for SQL Server

    I’ve written a couple of posts ( here and here ) about Java and the JDBC Driver for SQL Server with the promise of eventually writing about how to get a Java application running on the Windows Azure platform. In this post, I’ll deliver on that promise. Specifically, I’ll show you two...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP and web.config Files

    Last week, Ben Waine blogged about a problem he ran into when using the Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP to deploy a Zend Framework application to Windows Azure. As I investigated the problem further, I was able to generalize it and offer a work around, which is what I’ll explain in this...
  • Blog Post: Using the Windows Azure Storage Explorer in Eclipse

    Some time back I wrote a post that showed how to get started with creating Windows Azure PHP projects in Eclipse . What I didn’t talk about in that post was a nifty Eclipse feature (the Windows Azure Storage Explorer) that allows you easily manage your Windows Azure blobs, tables, and queues. That’s...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse Now Support Windows Azure SDK 1.3

    The Interoperability Team at Microsoft announced today the availability of an update to the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse that includes support for the Windows Azure SDK 1.3. People who upgraded to the Windows Azure SDK 1.3 and tried using a previous release of the Eclipse plug-in ran into troubles...
  • Blog Post: Determining Azure Drive Letter with PHP

    I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about getting started with the new Windows Azure Tools that are available for Eclipse , but I glossed over some of the Windows Azure features that you can configure with the tools. In the next few weeks, I hope to drill into some of those features. Today, I’ll...
  • Blog Post: Using the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse with PHP

    Following on the heels of announcements a couple of weeks ago , the Interoperability Team at Microsoft is announcing the availability of another update to the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse . In this post, I’ll use the updated Eclipse plug-i to walk you through creating and running a project in...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Windows Azure Companion and More…

    This past weekend Vijay Rajagopalan of the Interoperability Team at Microsoft delivered the keynote at OSI Days . As part of his presentation, he announced the release of four projects that may be of interest to PHP developers: Windows Azure Companion (beta) September 2010 update to the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Windows Azure Table Data as OData via PHP

    Did you know that data stored in Windows Azure Table storage can be accessed through an OData feed? Does that question even make sense to you? If you answered no to either of those questions and you are interested in learning more, then read on. In this post I’ll show you how to use the OData SDK...
  • Blog Post: Accessing OData for SQL Azure with AppFabric Access Control and PHP

    If you are having trouble making sense of the title of this post, I don’t blame you. To clear things up, here’s what this post is about (which I couldn’t fit any more concisely into a title): The SQL Azure Labs team has made it possible to consume data in SQL Azure as an OData feed...
  • Blog Post: Access Control with the Azure AppFabric SDK for PHP

    In my last post I used some bare-bones PHP code to explain how the Windows Azure AppFabric access control service works. Here, I’ll build on the ideas in that post to explain how to use some of the access control functionality that is available in the AppFabric SDK for PHP Developers . I will again...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control via PHP

    In a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Consuming SQL Azure Data with the OData SDK for PHP , I didn’t address how to protect SQL Azure OData feeds with the Windows Azure AppFabric access control service because, quite frankly, I didn’t understand how to do it at the time. What I aim to...
  • Blog Post: Consuming SQL Azure Data with the OData SDK for PHP

    One of the interesting incubation projects that the SQL Azure team is working on is the SQL Azure OData Service. If that sentence makes no sense to you, then start by reading this short overview on the SQL Azure team blog: Introduction to Open Data Protocol and SQL Azure . I’ll paraphrase what...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP Available in Web Platform Installer

    The Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP are now available in the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI). This announcement was made on the Interoperability Team blog as part of a post that outlines interoperability elements of a cloud platform . The entire post deserves a close read, but I’m...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Windows Azure Queues from PHP

    June 7, 2012 update: The Microsoft Windows Azure team has released a new Windows Azure SDK for PHP . This release is part of an effort to keep PHP client libraries up to date with new Windows Azure features and to make PHP a first-class citizen in Windows Azure. The latest client libraries are on GitHub...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Windows Azure Blob Storage from PHP

    June 7, 2012 update: The Microsoft Windows Azure team has released a new Windows Azure SDK for PHP . This release is part of an effort to keep PHP client libraries up to date with new Windows Azure features and to make PHP a first-class citizen in Windows Azure. The latest client libraries are on GitHub...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Windows Azure Table Storage from PHP

    June 7, 2012 update: The Microsoft Windows Azure team has released a new Windows Azure SDK for PHP . This release is part of an effort to keep PHP client libraries up to date with new Windows Azure features and to make PHP a first-class citizen in Windows Azure. The latest client libraries are on GitHub...
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