Brian Swan

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    This Week’s Link List (April 29, 2011)

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    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...
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    This Week’s Link List (April 22, 2011)

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    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...
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    This Week’s Link List (September 3, 2010)

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    I missed last week’s list because I was out enjoying the last of our summer weather in in the Pacific northwest, so this week’s list spans two weeks… This may not seem like a big deal to most folks, but to anyone who knows Microsoft...
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    This Week’s Link List (January 21, 2011)

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    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...
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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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    This Week’s Link List (April 1, 2011)

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    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...
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    Introduction

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    <Tap, tap…> Is this thing on? Hi. My name is Brian Swan. I’m a PHP fan AND I work at Microsoft. Not too long ago, that self-description might have triggered an identity crisis, but recently the intersection between PHP and Microsoft has become...
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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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    PHP on Windows Resources from DPC Presentation

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    My “PHP on Windows” presentation at the Dutch PHP Conference (presented today…whew!) focused on the recent improvements in interoperability between PHP and Microsoft Technologies (my slides are attached to this post). If you attended...
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    The Week’s Link List (July 16, 2010)

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    Here’s my list of this week’s interesting Microsoft/PHP links. Lots of news about WebMatrix this week, news about Microsoft at OSCON next week, and more… Andrew Burst provides an overview of WebMatrix and takes a very interesting...
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    This Week’s Link List (February 11, 2011)

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    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...
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    This Week’s Link List (January 14, 2011)

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    If you only read one thing from this week’s list of PHP-related content, read the article about sanitizing user input data (2nd from last). Of course, there is lots of other good content too…enjoy! PHP 5.3.5 and PHP 5.2.17 have been...
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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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    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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    This Week’s Link List (January 28, 2011)

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

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    This Week’s Link List (June 4, 2010)

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    This has been a busy week…apparently especially so for Maarten Balliauw and Josh Holmes (lots of good stuff from them this week). And, it seems to have been a busy week for news about Windows Azure – a higher-than-usual proportion of this...
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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 (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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    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 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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    This Week’s Link List (May 14, 2010)

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    Here’s this week’s list of links that grabbed my attention…check ‘em out: A new PHP/Azure lab on MSDev: "This lab is designed for developers who work with PHP and who would like to be able to run PHP applications on the Microsoft Windows Azure...
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