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  • Blog Post: Using the Cloudant Data Layer for Windows Azure

    If you need a highly scalable data layer for your cloud service or application running on Windows Azure, the Cloudant Data Layer for Windows Azure may be a great fit. This service, which was announced in preview mode in June and is now in beta, delivers Cloudant’s “database as a service” offering on...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Storage plugin for WordPress

    The Windows Azure Storage Plugin for WordPress was updated today to use the new Windows Azure SDK for PHP . The plugin comes with a comprehensive user guide, but for a quick overview of what it does and how to get started, see Brian Swan’s blog post . Cory Fowler also has some good information...
  • Blog Post: Doctrine supports SQL Database Federations for massive scalability on Windows Azure

    Symfony and Doctrine are a popular combination for PHP developers, and now you can take full advantage of these open source frameworks on Windows Azure. We covered in a separate post the basics of getting started with Symfony on Windows Azure , and in this post we’ll take a look at Doctrine’s...
  • Blog Post: Symfony on Windows Azure, a powerful combination for PHP developers

    Symfony, the popular open source web application framework for PHP developers, is now even easier to use on Windows Azure thanks to Benjamin Eberlei’s Azure Distribution Bundle project. You can find the source code and documentation on the project’s GitHub repo . Symfony is a model-view...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK for PHP available, including support for Service Bus

    Good news for all you PHP developers out there: I am happy to share with you the availability of Windows Azure SDK for PHP, which provides PHP-based access to the functionality exposed via the REST API in Windows Azure Service Bus . The SDK is available as open source and you can download it here . ...
  • Blog Post: New Interoperability Solutions for SQL Server 2012

    I am excited to share some great news about how we are opening up the SQL Server data platform even further with expanded interoperability support through new tools that allow customers to modernize their infrastructure while maximizing existing investments and extending virtually any data anywhere....
  • Blog Post: Openness Update for Windows Azure

    As Microsoft’s Senior Director of Open Source Communities , I couldn’t be happier to share with you today an update on a wide range of Open Source developments on Windows Azure. As we continue to provide incremental improvements to Windows Azure , we remain committed to working with developer...
  • Blog Post: The OData Producer Library for PHP is here

    I’m pleased to announce that today we released the OData Producer Library for PHP. In case you missed it, we released last year a client library that allows PHP applications to consume an OData feed, and with this new library it now easy for PHP Applications to generate OData Feeds. PHP developers...
  • Blog Post: From DrupalCon London: Drupal and Microsoft – It’s Jolly Good!

    It’s been a busy week here in Croydon (just outside of central London), and Microsoft is very proud to be participating in our 5 th DrupalCon. The most exciting bit is the clear progress that’s been made as a result of our engagements with the Drupal community. Last month also marked the...
  • Blog Post: Try the June CTP of Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus REST API from Java, PHP

    Good news for all the PHP and Java developers out there: today we are publishing some Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus samples just for you. Since the AppFabric Service Bus REST API can be used from almost all programming languages and operating systems, it makes it very easy for applications written...
  • Blog Post: New SDK and Sample Kit demonstrates how to leverage the scalability of Windows Azure with PHP

    From the floor of the PHP Tek Conference in Chicago, with my colleague Peter Laudati , we’re excited to announce the availability of the Windows Azure SDK for PHP version 3.0 . This Open Source SDK gives PHP developers a “speed dial” library to take full advantage of Windows Azure’s...
  • Blog Post: Relationships … It’s Complicated!

    Isn't Valentine's Day a perfect occasion to think about relationships? Other than my family, the relationship I care most about nowadays is the one between Microsoft and the Open Source communities which, to put it mildly, have been interesting in the past. As I'm learning my way through this new adventure...
  • Blog Post: Using Drupal on Windows Azure: Hands-On with 4 new Drupal Modules

    Since the launch of Windows Azure a couple years ago, we’ve been working on driving Interoperability scenarios that enable various developers to harness the power of the Windows Azure cloud platform. In parallel, we’ve supported interoperability projects, in particular on PHP and Drupal,...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Drupal 7, a new version with greater interoperability with the Microsoft platform

    The new version of Drupal 7 was released a couple weeks ago, and now that people have finally recovered from the many Drupal release parties around the world (like in London ), we, at Microsoft, want to formally welcome this new version. From our point of view, Drupal version 7 marks an important milestone...
  • Blog Post: Offloading work to PHP Worker Roles on Windows Azure

    There are many common scenarios in web development that require processing of information, gathering data, or handling message traffic that can be accomplished asynchronously – meaning in the background while the user is doing other things with the application. A common example of this is sending...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure tools for PHP get an update and refreshed content

    The Windows Azure tools for PHP (see the list below) got an update for Christmas (well a little bit before, to be honest ;-), following up with the new version of the Windows Azure SDK 1.3 that was updated in November. As a reminder, here is what these three are doing: Windows Azure Command-line...
  • Blog Post: Quicksteps to get started with PHP on Windows Azure

    The weather in the northern hemisphere is still a little nippy, and if you're like me, you're spending a lot of time indoors with family and friends enjoying the holiday season. If you're spending some of your time catching up and learning new things in the wonderful world of cloud computing, we have...
  • Blog Post: Zend Framework 1.11 Ships

    At the annual ZendCon 2010 in Santa Clara, CA today, Zend Technologies announced general availability of Zend Framework 1.11, the latest release of its PHP application framework. This adds support for mobile application development and includes the open source Simple Cloud API, which allows PHP developers...
  • Blog Post: Open in the Cloud: Improving the Java Developer Experience on Windows Azure Platform

    As Microsoft continues to deliver on improving the Java developer experience on Windows Azure, I am happy to tell you that today, at the Professional Developers Conference 2010 (PDC 10) held here in Redmond, we are announcing a new set of tools based on Eclipse and updated client libraries (SDK) for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse for PHP: new update, new tutorial

    Things are moving pretty fast! A few weeks back we announced a series of new and updated Tools/SDKs for PHP developers targeting Windows Azure, which included the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse/PHP , a comprehensive set of tools that use the Eclipse development environment to create, test and deploy...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform gets easier for PHP developers to write modern cloud applications

    This week, I’m attending the Open Source India conference, in Chennai , India where I had the chance to participate in the opening keynote. During my talk, I gave a quick overview of the Interoperability Elements of a Cloud Platform , and I illustrated some elements through a series of demos. I...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0 released

    Microsoft is announcing an important interoperability milestone: the release of the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0!! The major highlight of this release is the addition of the PDO_SQLSRV driver, which adds support for PHP Data Objects (PDO). Providing the PDO_SQLSRV driver enables popular...
  • Blog Post: Apache Stonehenge new M2 release adds claims-based authentication scenarios

    Web Services protocols have been around for ten years now. The specifications around these protocols have moved through major standards bodies and most vendors and open source projects have implementations of these web services protocols in their products. That being said, connecting heterogeneous platforms...
  • Blog Post: Managing “404/Page not found” Error on WordPress with Bing

    Here’s an interesting way for WordPress developers to easily manage the “404/Page not found” error by leveraging the Bing search engine using the recently released Bing Search Library for PHP project (a wrapper on top of the Bing API, which provides a simple way to submit queries to...
  • Blog Post: Powering Search on PHP Web Sites with Bing

    The Bing Search and Decision engine offers a comprehensive Application Programming Interface (API) that enables developers to programmatically submit queries to and retrieve results from the Bing Engine. If you are a PHP developer and looking for a way to easily enable the search feature on your website...
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