Historically Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC) is the pre-eminent developer conference for Microsoft technologies, and while that remains true, you may have noticed this year’s session titles included technologies like “PHP” and “Java” – typically with “Azure” in close proximity. Although there’s a lingering perception of Microsoft as ‘closed’ and ‘proprietary’, Windows Azure is actually the most open of any of the cloud Platform-as-a-Service vendors today, and recent announcements solidify that position.
You might have seen my post on the Azure Companion a few weeks ago, and today at PDC there were even more offerings announced providing additional support for Java and PHP in the cloud:
All of the sessions at PDC are available online, so if you’re looking for more details on using PHP or Java in the cloud, check out these sessions (and actually let me know as well!):
Developing PHP Applications on the Windows Azure Platform Open in the Cloud: Windows Azure and Java
Developing PHP Applications on the Windows Azure Platform
Open in the Cloud: Windows Azure and Java
To stay engaged with the conversation on interoperability of Windows Azure (and other Microsoft technologies) with PHP, Java, and more, tap into the resources below:
Interoperability Bridges site (and dedicated Azure for PHP subsite) Interoperability@Microsoft blog Port 25 blog @OpenAtMicrosoft
Interoperability Bridges site (and dedicated Azure for PHP subsite)
Port 25 blog
I attended the Java talk which was presented well. Any idea when they are releasing the eclipse tools for java? What are the directions for jboss support?
The open source project for the tools should have a preview available by December. As for JBoss my understanding is that it does run, but there may be port issues dependiong on the scenario. Some deployments of JBoss will open more than the limit of 5 ports per Azure role, and some may require loopback adapter (which the announced Azure VM role will support).