The Windows Azure tools for PHP (see the list below) got an update for Christmas (well a little bit before, to be honest ;-), following up with the new version of the Windows Azure SDK 1.3 that was updated in November. As a reminder, here is what these three are doing:
- Windows Azure Command-line Tools for PHP: Enables PHP developers to easily package and deploy applications to Windows Azure, using a simple command-line tool
- Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse/PHP : Provides PHP developers using Eclipse with tools to create and deploy web applications targeting Windows Azure.
- Windows Azure Companion : Provides a seamless experience when installing and configuring PHP platform-elements (PHP runtime, extensions) and web applications running on Windows Azure
No big changes or real new features for now, but we wanted to mention as well the new and updated technical content that we are steadily publishing on the http://azurephp.interoperabilitybridges.com/ site. Brian Swan has updated his tutorial, Using the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse with PHP. And don’t forget, Jas Sandhu’s Quicksteps to get started with PHP on Windows Azure published last week, which will help you quickly set up your machine in a "few clicks" with all the necessary tools and settings you will need.
Great reading to get you started on Windows Azure with PHP!
-- Jean-Christophe Cimetiere, Sr. Technical Evangelist, @openatmicrosoft