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    Version 3.0 (beta) of the SQL Server Drivers for PHP Released!

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    This post is a cross-post from http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brian_swan/archive/2011/09/22/version-3-0-beta-of-the-sql-server-drivers-for-php-released.aspx . I’m re-posting it here because I want to make sure readers of this blog are aware of this release...
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    Pie in the Sky (September 16, 2011)

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    Lots of great Azure-related links this week…everything from big announcements at the BUILD conference this week to a Ruby gem that allows you to call native C library functions. Enjoy (and learn!)… JUST ANNOUNCED @ BUILD: New Windows...
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    Pie in the Sky (October 12, 2012)

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    Hope for good reading weather this weekend, because our reading list this week has lots to choose from. Enjoy (and, as always, learn)… Open Sourcing May Be Worth the Risk : "Going open source can be a scary proposition, but it can also bear...
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    Pie in the Sky (March 15, 2013)

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    It's spring and everything is blooming where I live. Which means it's also allergy season; I've been sneezing all morning. Hopefully you're not allergic to some weekend reading, as we've got some good links today: Node.js Node v0.10.0 released...
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    Pie in the Sky (July 20, 2012)

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    I keep expecting things to slow down as we finally get into summer here in Redmond…but they aren’t! Lots happening this week, and lots of good reading…enjoy! Configure IIS websites on Windows Azure with startup tasks and AppCmd...
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    Pie in the Sky (January 19, 2013)

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    The new year continues to provide a bounty of interesting/helpful content…enjoy! Mongo-edit : Ever wanted a gui editor for MongoDB? Of course you have! Optimizing WebSockets Bandwidth : This is an older article, but optimizing bandwidth...
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    Pie in the Sky (October 19, 2012)

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    It's a late 'Friday' post again; my apologies. It's been a bit hectic leading up to the end of October. Here's the links we saved for you this week: The Cloud and the Whiteboard (VIDEO): Cory Fowler "demystifies Windows Azure using nothing other...
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    Pie in the Sky (Belated September 21, 2012 edition)

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    Oops, I didn't get these posted on Friday, so today will have to do. Friday was super busy and the weekend passed in a blur. I just remembered I hadn't posted these a moment ago. Better late than never I suppose. Here's some links for your Monday morning...
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    Pie in the Sky (October 7, 2011)

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    This week’s reading list is lengthy and heavy…perfect for a rainy weekend (as is forecast for the Seattle area). This week’s list includes two white papers, one looking at a class of algorithms for distributed load balancing, and the...
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    Pie in the Sky (September 7, 2012)

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    It's Friday again, I hope you're all enjoying the last few weeks of summer before we head into the cooler fall weather (at least here in the northern hemisphere.) It's still relatively hot here in North Carolina, though the nights are getting cooler....
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    Pie in The Sky (February 17, 2012)

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    Just a few links this week. It's been super busy here for both of us as we prepare to present a session on Open Source at the MVP Summit. Hopefully we'll have more time next week to work on the blog. Big Data and SQL Server: Disruption or Harmony...
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    Pie in the Sky (May 11, 2012)

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    Larry and I have been remiss in sharing our reading, so this list attempts to make up for that… Here’s to the first release from MS Open Tech: Redis on Windows : Microsoft's newly formed subsidiary, Microsoft Open Technologies, announces...
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    Pie in the Sky (September 28, 2012)

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    As you’ll see from this week’s links, Windows Azure and supporting (or at least related) projects continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Hopefully, these weekly reading lists will help in staying on top of it all… Windows Azure Interactive...
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    Pie in the Sky (August 31, 2012)

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    Here in the Seattle area it already feels like autumn is in the air…and it’s not even September yet. Oh well, short summers are a way of life here (but they are good summers!). No matter, I’ve had plenty of good reading to keep me occupied…hope...
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    Pie in the Sky (December 2, 2011)

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    It's the countdown to the holiday's, but we plan on keeping the links flowing through the new year! Here's some interesting links to start December with. Resources to Run Open Source Stacks on Windows Azure : Resources for running Java, Apache Tomcat...
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    Pie in the Sky (March 30, 2012)

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    Sorry for the lack of posts recently; both Brian and I are heads down on work for future updates to the Windows Azure platform. Here's a few links for your Friday reading: Developing for Windows Azure in WordPress : This is a good mix of guidance...
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    Pie in the Sky (March 9, 2012)

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    Larry and I have both been heads down working on a number of projects…hence, the recent lack of activity on the blog. But fear not! We’re not dead yet. Hopefully, we’re laying the groundwork for bigger and better things to come. We...
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    Pie in The Sky (February 3, 2012)

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    It’s been a busy week here for Brian and I, lots of stuff going on. We did have time to collect some links however, which I share with you now. Enjoy! 8 Essential Best Practices in Windows Azure Blog Storage : “Throughout this article...
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    Pie in the Sky (August 17, 2012)

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    Larry is on vacation this week, so my reading list will have to suffice for this week (and it has some good stuff, if I do say so myself ). If you’ve got interesting Azure/OSS-related links, let us know in the comments. Comparing Service Bus for Windows...
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    Pie in the Sky (November 15, 2013)

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    Looks like its time for cold and flu season to kick in; woke up with a stuffy head this morning. Good thing I had nothing planned for the weekend! Here's some interesting links for your weekend reading. Cloud Introduction to WebSockets...
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    Pie in the Sky (January 13, 2012)

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    Things are not slowing down to start off the new year. This weeks reading list covers everything from running Nginx on Windows Azure to a deploying Node.js projects to Azure using git push . Enjoy… Using Nginx in Windows Azure : A translation...
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    Pie in the Sky (May 18, 2012)

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    It's Friday (yay!) and that means links. Here's a few that Brian and I found interesting this week: Node stable 0.6.18 : New version of node has released. Bing Search API on Windows Azure Marketplace : If you're looking to integrate web searches...
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    Pie in the Sky (March 8, 2013)

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    It's almost the weekend, so here's some links for your Friday reading: Cloud Windows Azure Mobile Services adds Android support and extends availability to East Asia : There’s a new Mobile Services SDK for Android developers, and the service...
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    Pie in the Sky (August 26, 2011)

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    As Larry and I investigate OSS and device development on the Windows Azure platform, we come across lots of interesting links and do lots of reading. And, since we can’t write about everything we read, we thought we’d simply share the best...
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    Pie in the Sky (December 9, 2011)

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    Well, we certainly have not hit a December slow-down around here (though I am starting to look forward to a few days off). Judging by the rate at which we keep finding interesting reading, no one else is slowing either. Here’s the good stuff we...
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