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    Video Tour of PHP Manager for IIS

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    Last week, Ruslan Yakushev announced the release of the 1.1 version of the PHP Manager for IIS . I thought a tour of the PHP Manager functionality might work best in video format. I’d be interested learning what you think of the PHP Manager itself, but...
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    This Week’s Link List (December 10, 2010)

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    Apologies in advance for this week’s lengthy list…too much good stuff to whittle it down much. If this keeps up, I’ll have to post lists twice a week! Carlos Bueno talks about the value of being a "full-stack programmer": http://calendar.perfplanet...
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    How to Change Database Settings with the PDO_SQLSRV Driver

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    This post is based on another lesson I learned at the JumpIn! camp in Redmond a few weeks ago. The short story is this: If you are using the PDO_SQLSRV driver and you want to execute a query that changes a database setting (e.g. SET NOCOUNT ON ), use...
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    Converting MySQL Queries to MS SQL Server Queries

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    At the JumpIn! Camp that took place a few weeks ago, PHP developers from several countries were invited to come to Redmond and work closely with Microsoft developers to build support for SQL Server and SQL Azure into their applications. (As expected,...
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    This Week’s Link List (December 3, 2010)

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    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...
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    Update Release of the PHP Drivers for SQL Server

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    An update release to the Microsoft Drivers for SQL Server for PHP 2.0 is now available. You can download it here and you can read what Ashay Chaudhary (Program Manager for the drivers) had to say about the release here . The release contains fixes for...
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    Configuring SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Users

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    A few months back, I wrote a post that demonstrated how to access SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports with the SSRS SDK for PHP . There have been many comments on that post, many of which indicated that people have struggled to get users set...
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    This Week’s Link List (November 26, 2010)

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    I have been a slacker about posting my weekly link list recently…I’ll chalk that to attending conferences in the last couple of weeks, though I know that is a poor excuse. This week, however, I’m back in action and have LOTS to share because I have been...
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    Why Pass Parameters by Reference in the SQLSRV Driver?

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    Last week at JumpIn Camp we spent quite a bit of time focusing on the SQL Server Driver for PHP . As developers worked to build SQL Server support into their applications, they had lots of questions about how both the SQLSRV and PDO_SQLSRV drivers work...
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    SQL Server Driver for PHP Connection Options: Connection Pooling

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    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...
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    Resources from PHP World Kongress Presentation

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    I’m just posting to share the resources from my presentation today at the PHP World Kongress in Munich, Germany. I’ve attached the slide deck that I used, but I’m not sure how useful it will be since most of my presentation was demos. (I hope to get video...
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    This Week’s Link List (November 5, 2010)

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    Presenting at conferences is something that is still new to me…I’m amazed at how much time it takes to put a presentation together. I definitely have new found respect for those folks who are good at doing it. I’m sure I’ve spent...
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    This Week’s Link List (October 29, 2010)

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    I’m consistently amazed on a weekly basis by the community-produced content that I see. Here’s this week’s highlights… Great advice from an impressive list of PHP masters: http://mashable.com/2010/10/21/php-tips-for-beginners...
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    Determining Azure Drive Letter with PHP

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    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...
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    This Week’s Link List (October 22, 2010)

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    I’ve been busy this week preparing presentations for PHP World Kongress and TechEd Europe next month, but I haven’t been too busy to read some interesting articles…hope you find them interesting too… Part 2 of how to send...
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    This Week’s Link List (October 15, 2010)

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    Once again, this week’s list is full of great community-produced content…everything from how to speed up PHP scripts with asynchronous database queries to how to write cross-platform PHP code to manipulate files. Happy reading… Gonzalo Ayuso shows how...
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    Using the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse with PHP

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    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...
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    This Week’s Link List (October 8, 2010)

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    This week saw a couple of announcements, lots of great community-written content, and even a few opinions. Feel free to add yours… This Visual Studio magazine article provides an overview of using PHP within WebMatrix to consume OData feeds...
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    Reflecting on PHP-Microsoft Interoperability

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    This morning I came across this article on PHPDeveloper.org: Blast from the Past – One Year Ago in PHP . That brief look into the past got me to thinking about what Microsoft has done lately toward PHP interoperability. (By “lately”...
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    This Week’s Link List (October 1, 2010)

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    Welcome October! (How’d October arrive so quickly?) The start of this month sees some great community-produced content (especially see the Programming Language Tradeoffs post), some important PHP/IIS announcements and releases, an in-depth look...
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    PHP Manager for IIS 7 Released!

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    Yesterday, Ruslan Yakushev announced the availability of the final, stable release of the PHP Manager for IIS (v1.0). (It is available for download here .) There have been some significant changes in the final release since I wrote about the first beta...
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    This Week’s Link List (September 24, 2010)

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    This week, there was lots of news about the release of Windows Azure Companion and updates to other Azure-related SDKs for PHP. And, an important announcement about an ASP.NET vulnerability that could affect PHP sites running on IIS…and other stuff…...
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    Rendering SQL Server Reports as Excel Documents with PHP

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    I wrote a post a while back about getting started with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and PHP that has generated lots of questions (both in the comments and in e-mail and conversations I’ve had since then). One of the most common questions...
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    Announcing the Windows Azure Companion and More…

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    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...
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    This Week’s Link List (September 17, 2010)

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    Clearly, the dog days of summer are past us. This week has seen a significant uptick in community-produced content related to PHP, Microsoft, open source, and more. There is enough here that you might want to allocate some weekend time for reading (or...
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