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 with the Windows Azure platform. I also had the exciting opportunity to debut new open source projects:
- The Windows Azure platform AppFabric SDK for PHP, which enables PHP developers to connect applications via the cloud more easily using the AppFabric Service Bus & Access Control.
- The Bing 404 Web Page Error Toolkit for PHP, which enables PHP developers to use the Microsoft Bing search engine API to manage the 404 (Page Not Found) error more effectively on their web sites.
- The SQL CRUD Application Wizard for PHP, which enables PHP developers to easily generate PHP code that performs basic database operations for SQL Server, Windows Azure Tables, and SQL Azure.
If you want more detail about these projects, just click the links above. There you’ll find additional information, including videos.
I was very fortunate to have Tim Wise from Dominos Pizza as a guest speaker in my session; he showed how Dominos dealt with the problem of handling peak website loads (like on SuperBowl Sunday) by using Windows Azure for scale-out. What makes the Dominos demo very interesting is that the Dominos web-application is a Java Application running on TomCat. A true testament to the interoperability of the Windows Azure Platform!
Read this blog post for more details: “Domino’s Demonstrates Tomcat Site on Windows Azure”
I received some very interesting questions and feedback about these projects from those who attended my talk, so I want to extend a big thanks to everyone for their input. It’s been really nice to be at Web 2.0 and connect with real-world developers building next generation websites and applications.
--Sumit Chawla, Technical PM/Architect, Microsoft Interoperability Team