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  • Blog Post: Ruby, TinyTDS, and Azure SQL Database update

    I got a note the other day that the 0.6.3-rc2 version of TinyTDS now includes the security bits needed to communicate with Azure SQL Database, on the Windows platform (it worked on other platforms just fine.) Previously, you had to manually build it against OpenSSL for it to work on Windows platforms...
  • Blog Post: Ruby on Rails: ActiveRecord with SQL Database

    Just a quick note that I've udpated a previous blog post ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/silverlining/archive/2011/09/14/using-active-record-with-sql-azure.aspx ) on connecting to SQL Database from ActiveRecord. It should be current as of 3/12/2013 using Rails 3.2.12, activerecord 3.2.12, activerecord-sqlserver...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure spring update and OSS

    You may have noticed that Brian and I have been absent from the blog a lot recently, that's because we've been working on content for the Windows Azure spring release that went live earlier today. Here's a short guide on what's new in this update that is of interest to Open Source developers: Languages...
  • Blog Post: Improving Performance by Batching Azure Table Storage Inserts

    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 Azure. The latest client libraries are on GitHub...
  • Blog Post: Using SQL Azure Federations via PHP

    Among the December updates to the Windows Azure platform was the introduction of SQL Azure Federations . In a nutshell, SQL Azure Federations introduces an abstraction layer for the sharding of SQL Azure databases. The value in federations lies in your ability to have elastic scalability of the database...
  • Blog Post: Using SQL Azure to Store PHP Session Data

    In my last post , I looked at the session handling functionality that is built into the Windows Azure SDK for PHP , which uses Azure Tables or Azure Blobs for storing session data. As I wrote that post, I wondered how easy it would be to use SQL Azure to store session data, especially since using a database...
  • Blog Post: Using Active Record with SQL Azure

    [Updated 3/12/2013] Active Record is an object-relational mapping (ORM) that makes it easy to work with databases. While there are other ORMs out there for Ruby, Active Record is very popular and I wanted to walk through using it with SQL Azure Windows Azure SQL Database. Active Record can be installed...
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