Brian Swan

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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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    Restoring a SQL Server Database from PHP

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    A while back I wrote a post that described how to backup a database from PHP . However, I ran into a bug when trying to restore a database from PHP, so I resorted to using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to execute the RESTORE statement. Since then...
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    This Week’s Link List (July 2, 2010)

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    Is it July already?! How did that happen? Despite spending too much time following numerous World Cup-related links, I did managed to come across lots of interesting PHP-Microsoft stuff this week…from updates/announcements by the IIS and SQL Server...
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    Accessing Windows Azure Blob 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 (July 9, 2010)

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    Most of the links that caught my eye this week had to do with the Imagine Cup or Windows/SQL Azure, but there were other good ones as well…including blog posts by the MS Interoperability team, Ibuildings, and the MS Web Platform team... The...
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    Getting Started with PHP on Windows

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    I started working on some of the posts that I've promised, but I quickly realized I should cover the basics first. So, in this post I’ll cover the requirements, options, and instructions for installing PHP and configuring Internet Information Services...
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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 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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    CRUD Operations with the OData SDK for PHP

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    Last week I wrote a post about retrieving data from an OData feed by using classes that were generated by the OData SDK for PHP . This week I will go one step farther and look at how to perform CREATE, UPDATE, and DELETE operations (CRUD operations) with...
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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 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 (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 (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 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 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 (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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    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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    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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