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  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (July 15, 2011)

    I came across lots of good links this week, but I have to say that I’m most excited about the first two (yes, I know, long overdue). Lot’s of other good reading too…everything from tips for running PHP in Windows Azure to the top 10 things that annoy programmers. Enjoy… ...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (July 1, 2011)

    I wish I could attribute my recent lapse in reading to enjoying more time outside in a beautiful, sunny Seattle summer. But alas, summer hasn’t really arrived yet, and work hasn’t slowed down (the pace seems to have picked up, actually). So, my list is a bit shorter than usual (but not short...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (June 3, 2011)

    For me, the highlight in this week’s list are the first two. Both the SQLSRV and PDO_SQLSRV drivers are now in PECL. For some, that may not be a big deal, but it’s something I’ve been pushing for a long time. I see it as one more (small) step toward community citizenship… ...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (May 27, 2011)

    Based on my reading list this week, you can infer that I was either very busy with other work or that I was goofing off more than I should have. Since my manager may be reading this, I’ll go with “very busy”. Highlights include Ben Waine winning the PHPAzure contest and MODX releasing...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (May 20, 2011)

    Working on posts for next week didn’t prevent me from doing my weekly reading. Lot’s of interesting news related to Microsoft interoperability with open source technologies, as well as good stuff from this week’s TechEd conference in Atlanta… Interop news… ...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (May 13th, 2011)

    I happen to think that Friday the 13th is a lucky day (note that I’m knocking on wood as I write that). In any case, once again, lots of good reading this week. Actually, this list is made up of links I’ve collected over the past two weeks (since I didn’t publish a Link List last week...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (April 29, 2011)

    I’m partial to writing, so one of the highlights in this week’s list is the podcast Elizabeth Naramore’s 2010 DPC presentation on technical writing. Other highlights are Andrew Burst’s look at NoSQL and the Azure platform and my discovery of chat rooms on Stackoverflow. Lots more...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (April 22, 2011)

    There was a lot of good content this week. Highlights for me included the release of the Windows Azure SDK for PHP v3 (beta), some excellent interviews, and Chris Cornutt’s insight into the work he puts into PHPDeveloper.org… Windows Azure news… The Rock, Paper, Azure...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (April 15th, 2011)

    Lot’s of news coming out of MIX11 in Las Vegas this week, some interesting discussion of the state of PHP development, and don’t miss the the latest build of WinCache that fixes WordPress plug-in bug… MIX11 news… AppFabric ACS: Single sign on for Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (April 8, 2011)

    Once again, lots going on this week. I found the two articles about Zitec deploying their PHP social networking application to Windows Azure to be especially interesting. And, of course, topics for math geeks are near and dear to my heart…maybe I should make “For the math geek” a regular...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (April 1, 2011)

    I missed posting my weekly reading last week, so this week’s list is longer than usual. Lot’s of interesting news around PHP-Microsoft interoperability and PHP on Azure as the PHP on Azure contest heats up. Enjoy… PHP/Microsoft interop… SQL Server and the Azure Platform...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (March 18, 2011)

    A shorter than usual list this week as I didn’t have as much time to read, but the quantity is eclipsed by the importance (and in some cases, weight) of some of the news… Really important stuff… How Microsoft is helping in Japan and how you can help: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (March 11, 2011)

    As evidenced by the number of “Just for Fun” links, this wasn’t my most productive week (but it was fun). Now, I didn’t spend all my time playing…I read lots of intelligence-enhancing posts…I just hope some of it sticks… Microsoft-related news…...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (March 4, 2011)

    This week’s list is long. I highly recommend the first two links…both are interesting reads…I would be interested in comments from readers. Otherwise, I hope the categories help you find other interesting reads (but I don’t think you can lose)… On Microsoft in the...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (February 25, 2011)

    With all the snow in Seattle this week (I know people in the mid-west and on the east coast are laughing at me when I say that), I feel out of sync. I’m sure I’ve missed lots of interesting links this week…I should have plenty of time this weekend to hunt more down since we’ll...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (February 18, 2011)

    In this week’s list, be sure to look at the comprehensive list of conferences if you haven’t already made your conference plans for the year. There’s also some good links that are helpful in learning about testing, but maybe nobody needs to read those since everyone knows how to write...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (February 11, 2011)

    In categorizing this week’s links, I was reluctant to put so many interesting links into the Miscellaneous category because I sometimes think of miscellaneous as implying a lack of importance . But note, that thought is wrong! Miscellaneous means “made up of many different things or kinds...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (February 4, 2011)

    Once again, here’s the highlights of what I read this week. As I call out in one point below, I’m sure I’m missing some good stuff…would be interested in what readers have come across this week they find worth sharing. Microsoft announces a plugin for Chrome?! Not surprising...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (January 28, 2011)

    You might need more than a weekend to get through all of these links. My favorite is Ashay Chaudhary’s post about the journey to adding SQL Server support to Drupal 7. But there are lots of other interesting links, including webinar and conference announcements, and a PHP on Azure contest…...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (January 21, 2011)

    Whew! Friday…made it! Once again, lots of interesting content out there this week. Instead of simply listing a bunch of links, I’m experimenting this week with categorizing some of them. Hopefully, this will help you find stuff that YOU find interesting…enjoy! Microsoft officially...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (January 7, 2011)

    My first link list of 2001 picks up where 2010 left off – probably too long, but there was too much good stuff to overlook. Highlights include information about the release of Drupal 7, report and resolution of an interesting PHP bug, a look back PHP in 2010, and an intriguing job possibility at...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (December 31, 2010)

    I considered publishing a “best links of 2010” list here, but alas, there was too much good content in just this week to overlook…everything from another JumpIn Camp report and another ZCE exam experience to free Windows/SQL Azure passes and new Azure/PHP articles…plenty to...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (December 24, 2010)

    Things are definitely not slowing down in December. This week, everything from news about a stable Doctrine 2 release (and how to use its DBAL to create DB schemas) to blog posts about bugs/features in PHP 5.3 (and a couple of just-for-fun links thrown in for good measure). Enjoy reading… Matthias Willerich...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (December 17, 2010)

    I thought December was supposed to be a quiet month. Judging by all the excellent content I’m finding, I guess I was wrong… Announcing the 2011 Dutch PHP Conference (call for papers open until Jan 13th): http://techportal.ibuildings.com/2010/12/08/announcing-the-dutch-php-conference-2011/ If you didn...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Link List (December 3, 2010)

    November was an exceptionally busy month and, by the looks of things, December promises to be just as busy. This week’s links include news about an update release for the PHP Drivers for SQL Server, the JumpIn! Camp that took place a couple of weeks ago, and much more… An update release...
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