Interoperability at PDC09: let’s recap

I just flew back from the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC09) in Los Angeles. What a week, with a lot of announcements, surprises and achievements on multiple fronts. From the interoperability perspective, a lot happened too. This PDC09 further demonstrates how Microsoft is making interoperability a priority and reality by demonstrating how − as an…

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Document Interoperability Initiative (DII) workshop, Brussels

Last week we participated in the DII workshop that took place in Brussels.  Attendees included a variety of document-format experts from the ODF and Open XML worlds, including members of SC34 working groups, the OASIS ODF and OIC TCs, ODF and Open XML implementers, public-sector experts in interoperability and archiving, and others.   Dough Mahugh…

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Apache Stonehenge demoed at PDC09

A couple weeks ago, Microsoft was at ApacheCon. We reported the progress made on the Stonehenge project and presented the roadmap. The goal of Apache Stonehenge is to provide a public forum to test the interoperability of WS-* protocols on different vendor stacks and to build sample applications that could provide best practices and coding…

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PHP developers get more choices with Windows Azure, Bing, and SQL Azure

Today I presented a session at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York called Cloud Computing with Windows Azure Using Your Preferred Technology. During my talk, I stepped the audience through a series of demonstrations in which non-Microsoft tools and programming technologies, such as PHP or Java, were used natively to create cloud computing solutions…

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Bing search helps PHP developers remedy 404 error pages

As many of you know, most large web sites that feature lots of content often experience traffic that is looking for pages that either don’t exist or have been moved. But did you know that the percent of traffic that causes web servers to return a generic 404 error page or sitemap is as much…

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Building PHP simple database applications for SQL Server, Windows Azure Storage and SQL Azure

The SQL CRUD Wizard for PHP is a wizard type application that can be used to generate a simple “Create, Read, Update, Delete” PHP application from a Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Azure Storage and SQL Azure database table. The generated PHP application supports paging, sorting and simple CSS customization. The generated PHP Application Code, generated…

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PHP developers get an SDK for the Windows Azure platform AppFabric

I’m pleased to announce a new software development kit (SDK) that helps PHP developers easily leverage the Windows Azure platform AppFabric (formerly called .NET Services). This SDK is the third in a series, the first of which was released a year ago. Equivalent SDKs for Java and Ruby are also available and they have been…

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Windows Azure SDKs for PHP and Java and tools for Eclipse version 1.0 released today

We’ve worked very hard to release version 1.0 of three different projects today, all timed to coincide with the availability of the Windows Azure platform, which was also announced today at the Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles. This release is the culmination our team’s year-long work with our partners for bringing core PDC09 scenarios…


Working with Microsoft Silverlight on PHP

Microsoft Silverlight, now at version 3.0, is a great way to create rich web applications that run on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It provides an engaging, rich, safe, secure, and scalable cross-platform experience. Best of all you can run it off any web server (IIS, Apache for e.g.) and it can be called from…

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Microsoft sings ‘Incubator Blues’ at ApacheCon

While out at Apache Conference last week in Oakland California. We had an opportunity to participate in the Lightning Talks, and it was a real break from the regular conference proceeding and business as per related to our contributions to the Apache Software Foundation. The Lightning Talks was held during a reception with plenty of…

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