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    This Week's Link List (May 21, 2010)

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    <Sound of big breath> OK, I’m coming up for air. Very busy week…I’ve been heads down working on a number of things. BUT, I’ve still managed to come across some excellent resources related to PHP and/or Microsoft…...
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    How to Get the SQL Azure Session Tracing ID using PHP

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    The SQL Azure team recently posted a blog about SQL Azure and the Session Tracing ID . The short story about the Session Tracing ID is that it is a new property (a unique GUID) for connections to SQL Azure. The nice thing about it is that if you have...
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    This Week's Link List (May 28, 2010)

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    Lot's of interesting links this week...topics ranging from Microsoft's involvement in PHP/Open Source to tips on how to secure a PHP application. As usual, I hope these prove to be interesting and/or helpful... Cal Evans talks about "seeing Microsoft...
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    Using the Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP

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    Some time ago I wrote a post about how to run PHP in Windows Azure . At the heart of that post was information about using the tools that are available in the Windows Azure Software Development Kit to package a PHP application for deployment to Windows...
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    Interview with Claudio Caldato, Program Manager for the Microsoft Interoperability Team

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    The theme for my presentation at the Dutch PHP Conference last week was “recent improvements in PHP-Microsoft interoperability”. In my talk, I showcased several of the PHP tools that the Interoperability Team at Microsoft has released on CodePlex...
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    This Week’s Link List (May 7, 2010)

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    I didn’t come across lots of interesting links this week, but I’ll make up for the lack of quantity with an abundance of quality. There continues to be lots of interesting news about PHP/SQL Server interoperability with some major PHP applications… ...
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    This Week’s Link List (June 18, 2010)

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    I missed posting a Link List last week (I posted resources from my DPC presentation instead), so some of these links may seem a bit dated. And, some are , in fact, a bit old, but I found them to be very helpful in preparing for my DPC presentation…I...
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    Running Multiple PHP Versions with IIS

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    At the Dutch PHP Conference a couple of weeks ago, I did a presentation that included a demonstration of running multiple PHP versions with IIS. (This is a great feature if you want to test an application against different versions of PHP.) However, I...
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    Accessing Windows Azure Table Storage from PHP

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    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...
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    This Week’s Link List (June 25, 2010)

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    A bit shorter than usual list this week, but some good reading nonetheless…especially the last link :-)… "Who says Microsoft doesn’t listen? Here is a chance to voice your opinion and make .NET more interoperable and easier to...
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    SQL Server Driver for PHP Cheat Sheet

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    Several of my recent posts have focused on how to use the SQL Server Driver for PHP in various ways. You might think that I would know the driver API by heart at this point, but alas, my many trips back to the documentation are proof that my brain is...
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    This Week’s Link List (March 26, 2010)

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    Here’s the links that I found especially interesting this week…lot’s of news around Microsoft and open source projects. 1. Interesting news from the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) : “82% about 350,000 projects are Windows compatible” - http...
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    Streaming Silverlight Video with PHP

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    In this post I hope to take a step towards making good on a promise I made a few weeks ago : to dive into some of the PHP-related projects on CodePlex that piqued my interest. In particular, I’d planned on diving into the Embedding Silverlight in PHP...
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    This Week’s Link List (March 19, 2010)

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    I said last week that I wanted to share my favorite links on a weekly basis, and I still do. But I’m changing the title of the weekly post from “This Week’s Greatest Links” (which, I have to admit, wasn’t a great title) to “This Week’s Link List” (which...
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    This Week’s Greatest Links (Mar 12, 2010)

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    I’m jealous that my wife can find the time (I don’t know how she does it) to read so many books just for fun. That isn’t to say that the reading I do isn’t fun, it’s just not the curl-up-on-the-couch-and-get-lost-in-a-story kind of reading I would like...
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    Consuming “Dallas” Data with PHP

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    Given that MIX10 is happening this week and that Microsoft Codename “Dallas” (CTP2) was just released , I thought it would be appropriate to look at how to consume “Dallas” data with PHP. (If you are at MIX10 and want more information, the “Dallas” session...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 23, 2010)

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    I’m back from an exciting trip to DrupalCon in SF and I’m still reflecting on that experience. Look for a DrupalCon summary from me early next week. In the meantime, I’ll share some of my interesting links for the week. Of course, several of these are...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 30, 2010)

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    No particular theme to this week’s links… In his blog post "The Last Mile for Open Data", Nik Garkusha writes "Whether through the momentum created by open data communities, activists, municipalities, or developer communities, help from industry...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 2, 2010)

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    OK…here’s a list of links that grabbed my attention this week: The PHP on Windows Training Kit (which contains LOTS of great demos for almost anything that is PHP on Windows) has been updated so it can be installed on Windows 7: http://english.zachskylesowens...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 9, 2010)

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    I haven’t been writing as much this week as in past weeks, but I HAVE been paying attention. :-) Here’s my favorite links of the week… · I think this is my favorite link of the week…the Interoperability Lab at Microsoft has announced the availability...
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    Preparing for DrupalCon 2010

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    If it seems that my blog has been on the quiet side the last couple of weeks, it’s because I’ve been devoting quite a bit of time to preparing for DrupalCon 2010 . I will be there for the main conference (April 19 – April 21), and I will hopefully make...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 16, 2010)

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    A longer list than usual this week. There was lots of news/buzz this week around Windows Azure and PHP. The first three links below are follow-ups by attendees of the recent JumpIn Camp in Zurich (which focused on PHP and Azure). The other links provide...
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    This Week’s Link List (June 3, 2011)

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    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...
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    Performance Tuning PHP Apps on Windows/IIS with Output Caching

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    In this article, I’ll show you how to improve the performance of PHP applications on Windows/IIS by covering the What, When, and How of using the IIS Output Caching module. As background reading (or for the condensed version of my post), I suggest...
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    Looking Forward to Next Week’s SQL Server JumpIn! Camp

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    Next week, Microsoft will host its second SQL Server JumpIn! Camp , and I’m very excited to be a participant (take a look at the list (below) of PHP applications and frameworks that will be represented and you will understand why!). I was fortunate...
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