This series of Web seminars and labs from MSDEV is designed to quickly guide PHP developers on how to work with Windows Azure. You’ll learn the essential concepts of the Windows Azure Platform, and then you’ll learn how to use some of the Azure services from PHP and deploy your PHP applications to Azure.

See the videos and download the labs and source code at PHP and the Windows Azure Platform.

Summary of Video Series

PHP on Windows Azure Quickstart Guide - Creating and Deploying PHP Projects on Windows Azure. The purpose of this Quickstart Guide is to show PHP developers how to work with Windows Azure. It shows how to develop and test PHP code on a local development machine, and then how to deploy that code to Windows Azure. This material is intended for developers who are already using PHP with an IDE such as Eclipse, so it doesn't cover PHP syntax or details of working with Eclipse, but experienced PHP programmers will see that it is easy to set up Eclipse to work with Windows Azure to support web-based PHP applications.

PHP and Windows Azure Platform: What Does It Mean? The purpose of this video presentation is to provide a conceptual overview of working with PHP and the Windows Azure Platform. The video introduces the Windows Azure components, development tools, data storage handling and SQL Azure service. The presentation discusses working with PHP and the Windows Azure Platform.

Summary of Labs

Deploying/Running PHP on Azure Virtual Lab. 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 platform. This lab will walk you through how to test a PHP application locally in a Windows Azure simulation environment, and then deploy and run it in the cloud. It will also show you how to work with Microsoft SQL Azure, which is a version of Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft's relational database, that's been specifically designed to run in the cloud. There is a video that accompanies this lab, so that you can follow along, step-by-step. The lab should take you about an hour.

PHP and the Windows Azure Platform: Using Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse Virtual Lab. This lab is intended to show PHP developers how they can use Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse to work with data storage on the Microsoft Windows Azure platform. This lab will walk you through how to write code for Windows Azure storage, and how to perform basic operations using the graphic interface provided by the Windows Azure Storage Explorer running within Eclipse. There is a video that accompanies this lab, so that you can follow along, step-by-step. The lab should take you about an hour.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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