It’s with great excitement that I let you know that I’m opening a new chapter in my families life. We’re moving to Ireland! I’ve taken a job with Microsoft Ireland as an Architect Evangelist with a heavy focus on startups, web and cloud computing all of which are hot topics in Ireland right now. Quick FAQ: Are you staying with Microsoft? Yes – I’m staying with Microsoft. Actually, I’m even » read more.
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Mark Brown and I did a talk at ZendCon last week on how well PHP runs in IIS and more specifically, some things that you should do in order to make it run really well on IIS. Quick warning, this is an unfortunately bullet pointy slide deck for me. Mark created the original deck that this talk was born from but I’m responsible for delivering it at ZendCon and for » read more.
I got a question the other day about running both ASP.NET and PHP on the same server and whether or not it works. The short answer I gave is “Yes”. The longer answer, I’m going to give here. In point of fact, both ASP.NET and PHP work really well on the instance of IIS. They can’t share session state but otherwise it’s a very peaceful existence. First of all, PHP » read more.
I’ve been playing with Zend’s SimpleCloud API for the webcast that I’m doing with Zend today. I started with the Zend Framework Quickstart tutorial but changed out the backend to hit the Azure Tables and such (well kinda – I used Zend Studio 8 Beta 2 and didn’t use the ZF tool but I still created a little guestbook). I’m going to expand this example to include blob storage and » read more.
I’m looking forward to starting this new webinar series that I’m launching in partnership with Zend about running PHP in general and Zend in particular on Microsoft Azure. My goal, as I’m writing the demos today after posting this, is to go through the Zend Guestbook quick start and then port that to run in Azure and leverage that platform. I’ll be posting the full technical write-up here once I » read more.
I just finished doing a talk at OpenCa.mp in Dallas called “Scaling WordPress (and really any PHP application) on Microsoft. The reality is that there is a tremendous amount of support for WordPress on the Microsoft stack including Windows, IIS, SQL Server, Azure and more. OpenCa.mp was a an interesting conference and interesting crowd for my session. The idea behind OpenCa.mp is to get all of the big CMS options » read more.
I was planning on writing up a long blog post about the CTP of the Microsoft Driver for PHP for SQL Server driver but Brian Swan already did a fantastic job complete with code. Quick snippet from his post: Here’s a high-level list of the work that was done for this release: Code refactored to share common functionality between the SQLSRV and PDO_SQLSRV drivers. SQLSRV extension is rebuilt with refactored » read more.
A little while back I wrote a blog post titled Easy Setup for PHP On Azure Development. One of the things that I touched on is the PHP version conflicts. I had a much better idea which I’ve tried and have working so I thought I’d blog that here. What I had you doing in the Easy Setup for PHP On Azure Development is renaming the directory for PHP from » read more.
I was thrilled and honored to be a guest on the WordPress Podcast on WebMasterRadio.fm. This podcast is hosted by my friend Joost de Valk and Frederick Townes. I met Joost back at WordCamp Ireland back in March. That was a fun time. He and I talked about just about everything from being fathers to deep technical bits comparing various types of caching mechanisms. He even helped me with a » read more.
For the second year in a row, my friend and colleague Jeff Blankenburg has created what is quickly proving to live up to it’s namesake – the Toughest Developer Puzzle Ever. Some of the puzzles are technical, some are not but all require that you understand the web, development and technology to solve. Even if you don’t get in on the fantastic prizes that Jeff has lined up, there’s great » read more.