Have you ever wondered what was possible with Silverlight, WPF or any of Microsoft’s User Experience (UX) technologies? Well, Christian Thilmany has answered that question in the form of the Microsoft UX Kit. From his blog: Today at SXSW, of which Microsoft Silverlight is a major sponsor of the Interactive Festival, Microsoft User Experience Kit is targeted at technical and creative leads who want to better understand the tools, technologies, » read more.
The SQL Server team had a great announcement yesterday at DrupalCon in San Francisco. They announced the availability of a PDO Driver for SQL Server to give fantastic access to SQL Server from PHP. PDO is the PHP Data Objects extension that has become the standard way to do data access in PHP 5.0 or later projects that want to have some level of database agnosticism. Drupal, for example, uses » read more.
In this post, I want to walk through creating a simple Azure application that will show a few pages, leverage Blob storage, Table storage and generally get you started doing PHP on Azure development. In short, we are going to write a very simple PHP Blog engine for Azure. To be very clear, this is not a pro blog engine and I don’t recommend using it in production. It’s a » read more.
I just got back from the JumpIn Camp in fantastic Zurich, Switzerland. I’ll blog about that whole experience shortly. In the meantime, however, I thought I’d get some resources out here that would have been useful last week. Specifically in this post, I thought I’d tackle the Windows Azure 4 Eclipse tooling setup. There are two major things that we need to do. First is to get the Windows Azure » read more.
I’m at JumpIn Camp in Zurich and we’ve been diving deep into PHP on Azure. One of the things that we’ve done is talk about a ton of resources that are available out there on the web to learn more about PHP on Azure. To that end, I thought I’d collect a few of them here on my blog. In the morning, I talked at a high level about what » read more.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of work with PHP on the Microsoft stack recently. That includes my work with PHP on Azure and moving my blog to WordPress. I’ll be honest though and say that I’m simply standing on the shoulders of giants. The PHP on IIS team, including Ruslan Yakushev, the Web Application Gallery team, including Faith Allington, Crystal Hoyer and Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec (all three of whom » read more.
I have the privilege and honor of doing a tour of across Europe talking to PHP developers about running on Azure and on IIS. The countries that I ended up in are Ireland, Portugal, Austria, UK, Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium and then I went back to Ireland. That included 2 conferences and 6 Microsoft run events. The way that the trip came about is that I was invited to keynote » read more.
I had the pleasure to attend and speak at WordCamp Ireland March 6-7, 2010. First off, huge kudos to the whole organizing committee especially Sabrina Dent and Katherine Nolan. The whole event was extremely well run. From the amazing venue to the session line up, I was impressed with the whole event. Second, big thanks to Martha Rotter who worked with Sabrina Dent to get me a speaking slot and » read more.
I’ll get a better post up with a lot more detail once I’m able to get a little more time. I just didn’t want to keep you in suspense any longer. Thank you to everyone who was so generous and donated. All told, with online, offline and matching funds, we raised a staggering $3522.11. Overall the event raised a little over $26k. That’s an awesome amount of money and the » read more.
I’m thrilled and honored to be doing another speaking tour through Europe. I’m getting to visit a number of countries that I haven’t visited before and some old favorites. I’ll be speaking on PHP, Ruby and other non .NET technologies on Azure. The talk that I’m going to be doing in most places is PHP/Ruby on Azure or Leveraging Azure with Non-Microsoft Languages: Windows Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud Computing offering. » read more.