Brian Swan

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  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: Encrypt

    This short post adds to my series on connection options in the SQL Server Driver for PHP. I’ll go into a bit more detail on the Encrypt and TrustServerCertificate options than the driver documentation does. I’ll start with three important points related to these options, then I’ll go...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: Failover_Partner

    One of the best things about writing this series on connection options for the SQL Server Driver for PHP is that I get to learn about lots of interesting SQL Server features. This time, the Failover_Partner connection option has led me to do a bit of homework on database mirroring . The short story is...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: CharacterSet

    In this post, I’ll add to my slowly growing series that elaborates on the connection options for the SQL Server Driver for PHP . This time I’ll focus on the CharacterSet option. This is the option that specifies how data will be encoded when it is sent to and from the server. I’ll take...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: ReturnDatesAsStrings

    This is short post to address a frustration I’ve seen mentioned on Twitter and in forums a lot: By default, the SQL Server Driver for PHP returns datetime columns as PHP DateTime objects, not strings. This can be especially frustrating if you are not aware of the ReturnDatesAsStrings connection...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: Connection Pooling

    I’m back in from conferences in Germany (PHP World Kongress and TechEd) and am now at Jump In! Camp . I’ll echo what I seems to be a common sentiment after the first couple of days: it’s very cool to be surrounded by so many smart folks (and humbling too). It’s been fun having my knowledge of PHP, IIS...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: Snapshot Isolation

    In the post I wrote last week about transaction isolation levels I left out an important option: the snapshot isolation level for database transactions. I’ll cover the snapshot isolation level in this post, and (as in my earlier post) I’ll look at what happens at the database level when using...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: Transaction Isolation Levels

    Last week I had the good fortune of presenting at the the Seattle PHP Meet Up on a topic I knew only a little about: transaction isolation levels. It was fun doing the homework to learn more and I’ll share what I learned in this post. However, before diving in, I want to call out two things: ...
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