Brian Swan

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  • Blog Post: What SQL Server 2012 Means for PHP Developers

    Last week, Microsoft held a virtual conference to announce the availability of SQL Server 2012. The conference included a number of events (speakers, videos, training activities, etc.) that focused on the new functionality available in this release . Now that most of the fanfare has died down a bit,...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning with SQL Server Traces

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post ( How to Change Database Settings with the PDO_SQLSRV Driver ) that highlighted a problem that came up at the November JumpIn! Camp in Redmond . To get to the root of the problem (and eventually a solution), I used SQL Profiler to monitor events on my database server...
  • 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: ...
  • Blog Post: I’m a Judge for My App is Better Challenge

    I recently found out that I was chosen to be on the judging panel for the My App is Better Challenge . I must say I’m honored and excited, but I also feel somewhat intimidated. Just look at the rest of the judging panel: Mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka) developer of the popular WordPress plugin...
  • Blog Post: SQL Express Size Limit – Filestream Excepted

    I’ve written a couple of blog posts about the Filestream feature that is available with SQL Server Express: one post on my blog ( Store Images in the Database or Filesystem? ) and one post as a guest writer on the SQL Server Driver for PHP Team Blog ( Using the Filestream Functionality of SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP: Understanding Windows Authentication

    In my last post , I provided an overview of using the SQL Server Driver for PHP . One of the driver features I didn’t mention in that post is the support for Integrated Windows Authentication when connecting to a server. So, that’s what I’ll take a closer look at in this post. I must confess that...
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